"That was part of my recruiting to go to Cal," Kidd said. "They knew I loved to play baseball. I don't know if I was good enough to make the team, but I worked out with the guys, and it was a lot of fun."
Sporting a Yankees cap and chatting with manager Joe Girardi and lefties Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia, Kidd -- the new coach of the Brooklyn Nets and one of the greatest point guards in NBA history -- fired a strike.
Kidd threw out a ceremonial first pitch at the original Yankee Stadium when he first joined the New Jersey Nets as a player. The former high school outfielder doesn't remember if he threw a strike back then, but he felt confident heading into Wednesday.
"I feel like I can throw a strike today," Kidd said before his pitch.
He planned to aim high, "but hopefully not too high," Kidd said.
Asked how he would react to sailing the pitch, Kidd said: "I'll just pretend I was throwing to [7-foot Nets center Brook] Lopez."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.