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Tom Coughlin throws out first pitch at Yankee Stadium

Tom Coughlin, right, threw out the first pitch

Tom Coughlin, right, threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium before a game against the White Sox. (June 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Giants coach Tom Coughlin threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium. The Super Bowl XLVI champion toed the rubber and threw a high splitter to catcher Russell Martin that would have been up and in to a righthanded batter.

"It was not in the dirt, as they say," Coughlin said. "It was probably high and inside, but it was close enough. I might have got the call."

It was the second time the two-time Super Bowl winner got to throw out the first pitch, having done so at the old Stadium in 2008 after winning Super Bowl XLII. Having had the experience, Coughlin said he did not have any butterflies Saturday.

"I think you always say, 'God, I hope I don't bounce it up there,' " he said. "But this year -- when I did this before, Jeter said to me, 'You're getting up on the mound, right?' and I said, 'Yeah, I'm getting up on the mound.' And then one of the guys [Alex Rodriguez] said, 'Don't bounce it.' I said I understand about that."

Coughlin joked that his 2008 pitch was a splitter "right down the middle" to Jorge Posada, so he went the same route this time with Martin. "He let me have the split finger. I threw that one," Coughlin said. "I thought maybe I could, because it was a nice warm day and I could kind of bring the heat in there, that I would go ahead and do that."

Coughlin is no stranger to baseball, having played in high school and some recreational ball after his freshman year at Syracuse. His son Tim played at the University of Virginia in 1992-94.

"My son was the captain of the baseball team at Virginia, so we played a lot of catch," Coughlin said. "I got hit with a lot of line drives when he was growing up, believe me."

Coughlin said he follows the Yankees closely and believes they'll battle through the recent injuries to CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.

"When you're strong, you really see your way through it, and adversity does make you stronger," Coughlin said. "They've had a couple of setbacks . . . I think they'll come through this strong."

Several college football games have been played at the new Stadium, and the Giants played their home games at the old Stadium from 1956-73 -- including The Greatest Game Ever Played -- but Coughlin balked at the idea of playing a game at the new ballpark.

"I don't think so," he said. "I think we'd rather play at home."

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