It isn't exactly a groundbreaking revelation to acknowledge that New York Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham is a supremely talented athlete.
Football fans were treated to seeing him make ridiculous cuts, show off blazing speed, and physics defying catches -- even in warm-ups. It probably isn't a stretch to say that with his hand-eye coordination, body control, and eye-popping athleticism he could play at a professional level in any sport he chooses.
Beckham has said that soccer was his first love growing up, and believes that had he concentrated on that instead of football, he could be on the United States Men's National Team. He backed it up, possibly becoming the Giants' backup kicker in the process.
Beckham was held out the Giants mandatory minicamp as a precautionary measure to avoid a repeat of last year's hamstring woes. Afterward, however, Beckham played in a charity softball game, and showed off an arm that is as strong as his hands:
After seeing Beckham's arm, the Rockland Boulders, an unafiliated minor-league baseball team in the Can-Am league, offered the young Giant a contract.
"It's apparent that Odell is a very gifted athlete regardless of his sport. We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deon Sanders and Bo Jackson", said Shawn Reilly, Boulders General Manager, in an email. "As we are the New York area's only defending professional championship team, he will have the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment while still in close proximity to MetLife Stadium"
"We were very impressed with Odell's mechanics in the video," said Bobby Jones, Boulders Pitching Coach. "He's shown his ability to catch a ball on the gridiron and after seeing his prowess on the mound, I am optimistic that he has the tools to develop into a quality pitcher"
What do you think, Big Blue View? Should the Giants be worried that Beckham will be in a baseball uniform next May? Or maybe he should hold out for CC Sabathia's spot in the Yankees rotation.