Harrison Barnes takes to the pitching mound

Barnes explains friendship with A's Parker

Harrison Barnes takes to the pitching mound
June 11, 2013, 8:00 pm
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OAKLAND -- Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is used to performing in front of large crowds at Oracle Arena, but next door at the O.Co Coliseum, it's safe to say he is a little out of his element. Barnes threw out the first pitch before the A's took on the Yankees on Tuesday. He threw the pitch to A's starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, with whom he recently became friends.

Barnes didn't watch or play baseball growing up, so he doesn't exactly have big league-caliber pitching mechanics like Parker. Before throwing the first pitch in front of the crowd, Barnes warmed up in the tunnel. While back there, the Warriors' 6-foot-8 inch forward crossed paths with A's first baseman Nate Freiman, who is the same height. Freiman played baseball for Duke and Barnes played basketball at North Carolina. They didn't let the rivalry sour the occasion.

Barnes ended up bouncing the pitch. But before he took the mound, he took the time to open up about the occasion, fill me in on how tough it is to watch the Spurs in the NBA Finals, and explain what he's up to this offseason.