You’re either a fool or a hero.
Throwing out a first pitch is a risky gamble for people who don’t play the game of baseball. It either goes really well, or you're ducking phone calls and avoiding YouTube for weeks.
The feat looks easy on television—just toss the ball to the guy in front of you. But once you're out on the field, those 60 feet and six inches between the front of the pitching rubber and the back of home plate can look like a country mile.
Everyone has advice for first-pitchers battling a case of the nerves before their big moment. “Throw it hard...concentrate on the glove...just don’t skip it.”
These well-intentioned words go out the window once a pitcher gets on the mound, and sometimes the exact nightmare scenario—so dreaded—will play out regardless of prior instruction.
These are the moments when first pitches go wrong. Better strap on a helmet and some protective glasses, because dangerous projectiles are about to fly.