Throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game is a tradition that extends to the old days.
Presidents, movie stars, athletes from other sports, politicians, Broadway actors/actresses, singers, etc have all had the honor to be a part of the opening ceremony at a baseball game.
There have been excellent throws that have led people to wonder whether this person could have had a baseball career and there are those that should quit whatever career they hold after embarrassing themselves in front of thousands of people.
Bleacher Report takes a moment to recognize some of the worst first pitches around the baseball universe. Enjoy!
The Supreme Court Justice grew up in the Boogie-down Bronx. She was and still is an avid Yankee fan.
Days after answering rigorous questions from the Senate, she was able to move onto the Supreme Court and the Yankees offered her a chance to throw out the first pitch.
There have been women politicians before her that have gone to the mound and on certain occasions reached the plate or bounced the ball just before. Sotomayor, a woman of good health, was unable to live up to the expectations and threw from the grass and Jorge Posada caught the ball in the grass.
Carl LaFong is a man with a nice head of hair and was cordially asked to be a part of the Opening Ceremony for a regular season game.
Just another average man who did something good for society and deserved a chance to throw out the first pitch.
If only someone would have told him to keep his head and hair in the game and he'll do fine.
What good did he do for society afterwards? He provided us with a nice laugh.
Bernie Williams was one of baseball's most beloved players, especially in New York where he played for over a decade. He recently retired from baseball and decided to pursue his professional music career.
As Bruce Springsteen once said during a live concert, "Bernie may be a little old for baseball, but he's a spring chicken for music."
Bernie Williams was an outfielder that many players could run on toward the end of his career. His arm wasn't what it use to be in the 90's.
Mercifully, he won't have to throw another ball that far, because it would take a while to reach home.
He threw out the Opening Pitch to start the Yankees official mission for No. 28. The bad news is that he bounced the ball. For a former Major League outfielder, that is pretty bad.
Mark Mallory is the former mayor of Cincinnati and decided to win over the hearts of a few fans and throw out the first pitch at a Reds game.
The thing is, in order for you to do so you have to have some idea of how to do it. If you don't someone could get hurt in the process. As you will see, Mallory just aimed at the wrong man.
The San Diego Padres had a Polish gentleman in his middle aged years go out and throw out the first pitch.
Instead, things go awry and this average man goes from being a good man known for whatever it was that he did to one of the Padres' biggest joke since Chewbacca threw out the first pitch.
Did he throw like a rookie? No.
Did he throw like a Wookie? No, the Wookie actually threw farther.
He is now known as the Polish Sinker.
Carl Lewis was once one of the fastest men in the world. He had an excellent form where he pumped his arms from cheek to cheek while running.
The pumping of the arms produced an excellent workout for them and at all times he was dorsiflexed running on his toes.
He certainly had the makings of a professional athlete in any major sport including baseball.
So can someone explain to me why he threw so badly to open a game at Safeco Field? I see the arm of a pitcher when I see that photograph. He definitely could have reached home-plate in his prime.
I guess we can all come to the agreement that Carl Lewis has nothing left in the tank and all that arm pumping is done.
Shawn Johnson is one heck of an athlete! She won gold in Beijing, but when it comes to baseball, she should stick to gymnastics.
Shawney J has been part of a baseball Opening Ceremony as she has thrown out a first pitch for the Dodgers. Johnson decided to take another chance at baseball and pitch for the Iowa Cubs for a good cause.
Unfortunately things went a little bit bad as she threw the ball and the result was horrible.
The San Jose Sharks better start looking for another player with a bit more muscle, because Dany Heatley apparently has less muscle than a teen-age girl.
In a recent San Francisco Giants game, the organization invited Heatley and a young girl to come out an throw out the first pitch. The crowd was ready to see Heatley beam it right to the catcher for a strike, but in the end the teen-age girl came closer to fan expectations than he did.
(Major League Baseball is very strict with the video policy, but the only available video out there is this one where Heatley is parodied. ) Watch closely.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were welcoming two people to Dodger Stadium in the summer of 2008.
Adam Carolla was making his first appearance as a pitcher and Manny Ramirez in the outfield. Carolla was the guest of the day and decided to throw out the first pitch.
Unlike other celebrities before him, Carolla would go in an pitch "like Nolan Ryan" according to Jimmy Kimmel.
The first pitch was a fail, but the man would not go down without a fight and decided to pitch the ball another two times. The third time was the charm as he was able to sling it in for a strike.
Usually baseball players decide to go and play baseball in Japan when their career is headed downward.
But I do not believe Mariah Carey will ever be allowed to throw another pitch in Japan or in another country!
She went out looking very hot and showed off her legs, but that body is not made to throw any sort sports equipment around.
She should stick to swimming and never step foot on a baseball mound ever again unless that is she decides to go streaking, which many men will not have a problem with until she gets tasered.
Here we have Bleacher Report's Worst Ceremonial First Pitch of All-Time