Josh Reddick swishes Rockets’ ‘First Shot’

Members of the Astros stepping up at the free-throw line of a Rockets game and taking the “First Shot” is something of a tradition in Houston these days. Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer and Lance McCullers Jr. have each tried their best at an NBA-distance free throw … 

… but they’ve almost all missed it. Yep, McCullers couldn’t do it, Altuve missed, Springer made good on his promise of a brick, while Correa lucked his way into a bank shot conversion shortly after the Astros’ World Series title in 2017. Owner Jim Crane gave his best attempt, too

Enter Josh Reddick. The recently married outfielder was entrusted with the opportunity prior to Monday’s Mavericks-Rockets game, and, well, he pretty much has clubhouse bragging rights now: 

Pinpoint accuracy! Very well done, Joshua. If you’re surprised by that at all, you just haven’t paid much attention to Reddick’s throwing arm in right field, I guess.


Adrian Garro joined in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That’d be amazing.

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