Before he grabbed a bat and took swings in front of a few thousand fans at Marlins Park Saturday afternoon, Heat forward Shane Battier warned Marlins assistant Gary Thurman he only had "singles power."
He was wrong.
Battier, one of the three-point specialists in the Heat's run to the NBA title, drilled two pitches to the warning track and actually had a pretty nice swing. Not bad for a 6-8 guy with a huge strike zone.
Here is what he said afterward:
Watch Battier hit. I might have actually gotten the shot of him sending one of the long balls he hit to the warning track.
The Heat forward took time to talk to Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison before and after BP. He also was invited into the Marlins clubhouse where he shook hands with the team.
Chris Bosh, who threw out a pitch at Sun Life Stadium last year, is also expected to visit Marlins Park Saturday. Battier will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.