14 Worst First Pitches In Baseball History
By Daniel Friedman
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50 Cent’s first pitch at Citi Field on Tuesday night was rather unimpressive. Afterwards, the rapper took to social media and proclaimed: “I’m a hustler not a damn ballplayer.”
Apparently, this is a valid excuse.
Well, the only thing he can take comfort in is that at least he’s not No. 1 on this list. Who is? Read on and find out.
14. Charlie Brown
We’ll give him something of a break because he’s wearing that costume. Still — good grief!
13. Dirk Nowitzki
Let’s just say the Dallas Mavericks star made the right choice by sticking to basketball.
12. Carl Lewis
If he was as bad a runner as he was a pitcher, Mo Vaughn could’ve beaten him to first base.
11. 50 Cent
I don’t get what the fuss is all about. Mets pitchers do this regularly. Wait, is that bad?
10. Barack Obama
It’s a good thing first pitches have nothing to do with politics. And never mind the horrible throw — he’s wearing a Washington Nationals jacket and a Chicago White Sox hat! C’mon, man.
9. Ba Ba Booey
See No. 11.
8. Gary Neville
As the former Man-U star demonstrates, British baseball has come a long way. Or, perhaps not. That throw was rubbish.
7. John Wall
I think it’s safe to say that Wall won’t be playing BASEketball anytime soon. Neither will anyone else, but that’s not the point.
6. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
Harry Doyle would’ve had a field day calling this first pitch. It was, indeed, just a bit outside.
5. Bill Murray
Wouldn’t shock me to find out that the ghost of Cy Young paid a visit to this Ghostbuster after that … err … Hail Mary.
4. Mariah Carey
Could someone please translate? What was that?!
3. Shawn Johnson
She’s an Olympic gold medalist, an icon of American gymnastics and she can’t throw a baseball past the mound. No, really.
2. The Go-Go’s
(Horrible pitches start at :49.) Each of the band members missed their intended target, but the Rays decided that one funny celebrity appearance wasn’t enough…
1. Carly Rae Jepsen
… So they arranged for another. It was crazy, she should try again maybe.
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