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Draft Class Outing to Petco Park Bonds Bolts Rookies

The entire draft class visited Petco Park as Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry and Max Tuerk threw out the first pitch.

The eight members of the Chargers' draft class are used to the spotlight.

Standing on a field moments before a big game in front of thousands of fans while the national anthem proudly plays is something they are accustomed to.

However, Tuesday night was a totally different experience.

The entire draft class visited to Petco Park as Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry and Max Tuerk threw out the first pitch.  While Bosa has played in some of the biggest college games in recent memory, and was a key member of an Ohio State Buckeyes' National Championship team, he admitted to having butterflies prior to taking the mound.

"I don't really know how it's going to go because I haven't thrown a baseball in about eight years," he said.  "I'm going to get warmed up and see if I can get it on target.  Hopefully that will be the case….It's really cool to see the fans come out and support us.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to throw out the first pitch."

After warming up in the outfield, all three rookies fired a strike in front of the very same fans that will cheer them on each Sunday.  They then took turns hitting the batting cage before enjoying the rest of the game in the owner's suite.

All in all, each rookie explained how it was another experience that hammered home that they made it to the NFL.

"I never thought I'd get the chance to do something like this," said Tuerk.  "It's another one of those (moments) where you look around and realize how far you've come.  I'm taking this all in. It's a great atmosphere and I'm enjoying being here with my teammates.  It's pretty incredible and one of those things years ago I never would have thought I'd be doing."

"This is a crazy experience," added Drew Kaser. "I love being in San Diego, and to be here with our fans and involved like this is special.  It's great to support our fellow team in the Padres, so I'm enjoying this experience."

The Bolts also explained how Tuesday night's outing will bond them as a team and draft class.

"This is an honor and a blessing to be here," said Jatavis Brown.  "This is a blessed situation.  It's amazing to be here with my teammates.  To hang out with all of them and enjoy it together is something we'll never forget. To hang out with all these guys, it brings us closer together."

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