Denard Robinson's First-Pitch Fail at Detroit Tigers Game

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterApril 9, 2013

We are now 0-for-2 when it comes to star college football quarterbacks throwing out the first pitch at MLB games.

Former Michigan Wolverines QB Denard Robinson, a young man affectionately known as "Shoelace," aimed for just that when he tossed out the first pitch at Tuesday's Detroit Tigers game. 

CBS Sports managed to provide a truly wonderful gift in the form of this image of Robinson skipping a baseball to home plate:

He tossed for over 1,300 yards last year, but 60 feet to home plate was just far too much to ask of the acclaimed Michigan signal-caller. 

As the report reminds us, Robinson worked out as a wide receiver at the NFL combine, so it's a small mercy that nobody tossed him a baseball, because his stock may have plummeted.

This comes just a couple of days after Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel tossed a near-wild pitch at the start of Sunday's Rangers game. 

Here is a look at the antithesis of accuracy:

At least Manziel had an excuse (via USA Today): "Every person kept saying, 'Don't bounce it, don't bounce it.' I was wild, a little nervous."

We will go ahead and forgive the Heisman winner and will also forget the baseball sin from Robinson. 

Seeing as how Tuesday's first-pitch fail went down at a Tigers game, we should probably point out that some of Detroit's own relievers are having issues getting the ball over the plate.

Well, they are getting it over—just not with much success. On Tuesday, Colby Rasmus hit a ninth-inning home run off Joaquin Benoit, and even Phil Coke has a healthy 16.20 ERA to start the season.

Perhaps this pitching nonsense is harder than people are letting on.

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