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.READ MORE: Campaign 2021: Early Voting Begins In New Jersey And New York City
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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.READ MORE: NYPD: 23-Year-Old Charged With Murder Of Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death During Lower East Side Robbery
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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