Arizona Cardinals' Fitzgerald visits D-backs

Arizona Cardinals' Fitzgerald visits D-backs

Arizona Cardinals' Fitzgerald visits D-backs
PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes a living tracking down footballs on Sundays with some of the best hand-eye coordination in the NFL.

But while visiting the D-backs' pregame workouts on Monday, Fitzgerald declined to take swings in the batting cage for fear of embarrassing himself.

"The skills do not translate; I'll be the first to tell you that," Fitzgerald said. "Every man has to know his limitation, and batting is definitely a limitation."

Fitzgerald came to Chase Field to promote his second annual Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday.

He brought along his teammate, Pro-Bowl corner back Patrick Peterson, who did take batting practice. D-backs second baseman John McDonald tried to find Peterson batting gloves, but even the biggest available barely fit on his massive hands.

Despite shying away from live action, D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew convinced Fitzgerald to go out in the field and take grounders. The receiver didn't have a problem fielding most of the balls off the bat of Matt Williams, but most of his throws to first base took a couple hops before arriving.

"He's a great athlete," Drew said. "But it's hard, it'd be like him trying to teach me football. When you haven't done it, it's so unnatural. The biggest thing I told him was to watch out and not get hit by line drives. Just go get the ball like you're a little kid."

Monday marked the second year in a row Fitzgerald has come out to support the D-backs. He said although he hasn't played the sport since high school, he marvels at the way the players grind through a 162-game season.

"These guys are the best in the world at what they do," Fitzgerald said. "We have a lot of admiration for what they do. And for how long they play in their schedule, it's impressive and it's an honor for me to be here."