by Amy Moritz
Sam Reinhart had one thought when throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
Don't skip the ball.
The pitch sailed a bit high and wide but Liam Hendriks, playing ceremonial catcher, snatched the ball. No wild pitch.
"It was a little nerve-wracking once I got on to the mound," Reinhart said. "It was a little higher than I wanted it to be but I knew that going in bouncing would not be the best-case scenario so I was just trying to focus on getting it there."
The overall No. 2 pick by the Sabres is back in town for the second time as the team's development camp begins on Monday.
And Reinhart is starting to get a taste of Buffalo.
"It’s cool coming here for the first time," Reinhart said. "I was in a week or two ago just for a day. It was pretty busy then so I didn’t see as much of it. I had a chance to walk around last night and today and to see first hand what it’s like in Buffalo so I'm excited to hopefully have a long future here.'
His future looks to be in a No. 23 sweater. That's the number he wore on his jersey Friday night.
That's the number Reinhart wore in juniors, but he laughed at the idea that he made any demands for that number of the Sabres organization.
"I wouldn’t say I told them," he said. "I asked them. I said I’d love to have it. I didn’t demand it by any means."