NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hip-hop star 50 Cent was on the mound Tuesday night, but far from on the money.
The South Jamaica, Queens native – whose given name is Curtis James Jackson III – was comically off target when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Standing on the rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, 50 Cent wound up and launched a left-handed toss that sailed way wide of Mets catcher Anthony Recker.
The ball bounced to the backstop and nearly nicked a cameraman standing not all that far from the Mets’ on-deck circle as 50 Cent and New York pitcher Jonathon Niese both smiled.
Wearing a Mets jersey with No. 50 and the name Jackson on the back, 50 Cent held a bat as he posed for pictures with Curtis Granderson and other Mets on the field during batting practice.
50 Cent has a postgame concert at Citi Field scheduled for June 14.
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