Former SF Giants baseball player, now LEO, gets back on the field
The former San Francisco Giants champion got the chance to throw the first commemorative pitch for his department
By PoliceOne Staff
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A former San Francisco Giants baseball player turned deputy sheriff got the chance to get back on the baseball field last week.
Deputy Sheriff Justin Christian took the mound Thursday to throw the first commemorative pitch on behalf of his sheriff’s office, ABC 7 reports.
"Had some old teammates that were out there, some old coaches. So, it brought back some good memories," Christian said. "It was fun!"
Christian told ABC 7 he wanted to go into law enforcement in college, but never got the opportunity because he was blessed to continue his baseball career all the way up to the major league. After traveling across the country throughout his baseball career and winning a World Series with the Giants in 2012, he retired from baseball in 2015 and went through a police academy in 2016. He’s been with Santa Clara County ever since.
"Law enforcement was always a part of baseball. We get escorted to and from different locations, and either the sheriff's office or the police departments would do those things," he said.
The baseball champion now wants to be a champion for his community.
Former San Francisco Giant, World Series Champion and now Deputy Sheriff Justin Christian was the star of the show in yesterday’s @sjgiants opening game.— SantaClaraCoSheriff (@SCCoSheriff) April 12, 2019
Dep. Christian helped Sheriff Laurie Smith throw out the first commemorative pitch on behalf of the @SCCoSheriff ⚾️🚓 pic.twitter.com/GAx6LamyNf