Ranking the 10 Most Embarrassing First Pitches of the Last 10 Years
There are the first pitches in baseball that we remember—such as President Bush throwing out the first pitch following the devastation that took place in New York on 9/11—and then there are the other ones.
The embarrassing ones.
You can scour the web and find thousands of dismal first-pitch videos, but it's a lot more embarrassing when professional athletes shame themselves, which is a trend in this slideshow.
10. Denard Robinson
Believe it or not, Denard Robinson's bouncer to home plate at the Detroit Tigers game is arguably the best throw on this list.
While we should expect more from an NCAA quarterback, let's not give Robinson too much flack here.
After all, the Jacksonville Jaguars did draft him as a running back.
9. Gary Neville
We've already seen a football player on the list, and now we move onto soccer.
Manchester United legend Gary Neville may go down in history as one of the best right-backs in football history, but he'll also be remembered for his atrocious ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago White Sox game.
Missing high wasn't the problem—it was more the fact that the ball sailed into a group of reporters behind home plate.
8. Mark Mallory
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory had the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Reds season opener in 2007, and it didn't go well.
I'm sure Mallory has dealt with his fair share of criticism given his profession, but he took it to a new level.
Mallory didn't miss high. He didn't miss short. Mallory missed wide—like tractor-trailer wide.
7. Shawn Johnson
I'm not going to get on Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson too much here, but her first pitch at the Iowa Cubs game was pretty terrible.
The trend so far has either been airmailing it over the catcher's head or spiking the ball into the ground well before the plate, which is what Johnson did.
Had that attempt been accompanied by a cartwheel or handstand, I think we can all agree it'd have turned out much better.
6. John Wall
For the sake of sports fans everywhere, let's hope John Wall doesn't pull a Michael Jordan and attempt to become a multi-sport professional athlete.
It all looked good up until the point when he actually released the pitch.
Wall received a nice ovation from the fans, waved at them, set up his windup, and then proceeded to essentially shot-put the baseball into the grass 40 feet in front of him.
Laugh all you want, but you'll never have the ball-handling skills J-Wall has on the hardwood.
5. Trent Edwards
So you're telling me this guy gets paid to throw?
I never said he was a good quarterback, but you'd think NFL quarterback Trent Edwards would have more accuracy and velocity on the first pitch.
If you're looking for evidence as to why Edwards is primarily a career backup, look no further than this throw in Toronto.
4. Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis is one of the greatest athletes on the planet, but to be fair, baseball was never his specialty.
Lewis excelled on the track and was even drafted to the NBA by the Chicago Bulls and the NFL by the Dallas Cowboys, but the 'Boys certainly didn't select Lewis to be a quarterback.
I'm going to give Mr. Lewis the pass on the dismal first pitch because of his athletic abilities, just as long as he promises to never throw a baseball on camera again.
3. Mariah Carey
Not only did Mariah Carey don sunglasses and six-inch heels in her ceremonial first pitch, but it wasn't even for the Major Leagues.
The pop singer threw this pitch in Tokyo (if you can even call it a pitch).
I didn't expect Carey to necessarily reach the plate, and I guess I shouldn't have expected anything less than the amazing outfit she wore either.
2. The Kardashians
One Kardashian is enough, but the Los Angeles Dodgers opted for four of them when Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Kris were granted the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
I'm guessing the Dodgers players catching didn't realize they'd be dropped into the middle of a firing range, as the ceremony looked more like a war zone with objects flying everywhere than it did a game of catch.
1. Stetson University
Tell me with a straight face this isn't one of the funniest YouTube clips you've ever seen.
I'm not sure why the executive of an insurance company is toeing the rubber to deliver the first pitch, but I think it's safe to say this guy won't be participating in the ceremonies any time soon.
On his way to the mound, the confidence is flowing, as you'll see Johnny boy throw the ball up in the air and catch it in a nonchalant way like, "I got this."
Only he doesn't have it.
Not only did the ball go nowhere near the plate, but Mr. Executive took a tumble off the mound, and if you listen around the 41-second mark, you'll hear an outburst of laughter.
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