20 Worst Ceremonial First Pitches in Baseball History

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20 Worst Ceremonial First Pitches in Baseball History

It's a bit of a mystery to me why so many ceremonial first pitches end in abject failure. Nobody is forced to throw out the first pitch at a game. And, presumably those who agree to do it get a fair amount of warning before their appearance—meaning they should have plenty of time to practice. 

Not everyone who throws out a first pitch is necessarily a baseball fan, but I'm not sure why you'd even agree to this in the first place if you weren't a fan of the game. There's absolutely nothing positive to be gained from throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, but there's plenty to be lost. 

Countless athletes, celebrities, politicians and common folk have been granted the opportunity to throw out the first pitch, and most of them have walked away with a little (or a lot) less dignity. You never hear of someone throwing out a great first pitch—because nobody cares. 

There are few other activities out there that will only get you noticed if you fall flat on your face. Quite literally a no-win situation for most people. Let's take a look at the 20 worst ceremonial first pitches in baseball history. 

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