MLB Power Rankings: John Wall and the Worst First Pitches in MLB History
Before the game begins, politicians, athletes, celebrities and occasionally fans are given the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.
There are obviously nerves for each of these people, as they have to throw the pitch in front of as many as 50,000 people. It is just like having a 60' 6" game of catch, but that is not easy for everyone.
Some people manage to throw a strike to the catcher. Others, however, come nowhere close to delivering the ball to home plate.
10. President Obama
President Obama is known as an athletic guy. He has played basketball with the UNC Tar Heels and his love of the sport has been mentioned multiple times.
Obama was given the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Nationals game and it was expected that he would do a decent job. He ended up throwing it high and wide, a bit of a disappointment from such an athletic president.
9. Carl Lewis
Lewis was a great runner. He won nine gold medals in the Olympics. However, he was not good at opening up sporting events.
There was his unforgettable performance of the national anthem before an NBA game. Lewis was given another chance to start a game by the Seattle Mariners. He disappointed yet again, as he threw a pitch that was just a bit short.
8. Charlie Brown
Even famous cartoon characters get to throw out ceremonial first pitches. Charlie Brown was given his opportunity and he struggled with it.
Naturally, his catcher called for Brown to throw an Uncle Charlie. The pitch ended up short and wide.
7. Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards is a professional quarterback. He throws things for a living. However, he cannot throw a baseball to home plate.
This could explain part of the Bills' struggles over the past few years.
6. Joan Steinbrenner
Joan Steinbrenner certainly deserves a lot of credit for her effort. She looks like she put everything that she had into that pitch.
Unfortunately, it was not enough. The ball basically dropped out of her hand and rolled all the way to home plate.
5. Padres Fan
There are not many opportunities for fans to throw out first pitches. But when a fan does get to do it, they'd better take advantage of their chance. It is a story that they will have to tell friends for years.
Well, unless this happens.
This guy was undoubtedly mocked by his buddies for years after this toss.
4. Adam Carolla
Normally, people are only give one opportunity to throw out a first pitch. Adam Carolla is not most people. The former star of The Man Show got multiple chances.
The first pitch was short. Carolla's second pitch was high and wide, and yet he got another chance. Carolla did a decent job with pitch No. 3, which helped him from being any higher on this list.
3. Baba Booey
Howard Stern's funny co-worker Baba Booey was given a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Mets game in 2009. The pitch was nowhere close to home plate and hit the umpire.
Given that this occurred in 2009, I am certain that there were many jokes made that he pitched just as well, if not better, than the Mets pitching staff.
2. John Wall
John Wall has an outstanding athletic resume. He is one of the better young players in the NBA. He has been known for making some showstopping plays in his career.
However, that does not mean that Wall can throw a baseball.
His first pitch was very short, and he was certainly disappointed with his performance.
1. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory threw out this first pitch at a Reds game. It was nowhere close to home plate. Or even the batters box for that matter.
To quote Bob Uecker, that pitch was "juuuuuust a bit outside."