At 6’5″ and 295 pounds, J.J. Watt is a monster. The Houston Texans’ defensive end is certainly comfortable sacking quarterbacks and swatting down passes on the football field, even after nearly pulling a Ronnie Lott on his finger in the Pro Bowl. Turns out Watt can swat home runs, too. He jacked five HRs during batting practice prior to the Houston Astros exhibition game with the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros seem like a lock to lose 100 games this season. With a team payroll of about $25 million, Houston’s 25-man roster will collectively make less than Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will pocket $29 million while dodging investigations and rehabbing his 75-year-old hip. The Astros should give Watt some ABs at DH and first base. Why not? Watt stays in shape (and away from jersey chasers on Twitter), while Houston pulls fans who want to see Watt crushing BP fastballs, spitting on opposing teams’ on-deck circles and murdering an occasional middle infielder while breaking up a double play. This is a win-win.
Until it happens, enjoy J.J. Watt’s hitting display from Friday in the video below. It may be more home runs than the Astros tally this April. (UPDATE: Click image to play video.)