Cardinals trade footballs for ceremonial fastballs

Cardinals trade footballs for ceremonial fastballs

Cardinals trade footballs for ceremonial fastballs
PHOENIX -- Fresh of their overtime victory on Sunday across the Valley in Glendale, three Arizona Cardinals players threw out the first pitch on Tuesday before the D-backs took on the Rockies at Chase Field.

Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett were the NFL players in attendance. Peterson visited the D-backs earlier this season and took batting practice along with Larry Fitzgerald.

Along with the Cardinals players, UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson also threw out a first pitch a couple of months ahead of defending his title on Dec. 8.

The NFL visits came as a special surprise for D-backs pitchers who frequently sport their favorite football players' jerseys and play catch in the outfield as a way of conditioning.