7 Pretty Bad Ceremonial First Pitches Before Big-Time Baseball Games


Ceremonial first pitches have been a part of baseball for a long, long time. For the most part, they go unnoticed and without fanfare. But, others– not so much.

Mostly, former baseball players, stars for other sports teams in the home team city or local heroes throw out first pitches. First pitches usually go bad when celebrities get involved. Or when the excited hot dog guy gets on the mound.

7 Pretty Bad Ceremonial First Pitches Before Big-Time Baseball Games:

1. T-Rex
I don’t like those big, lifelike dinosaur costumes one bit. They’re unsettling for a few reasons. Having said that, this guy got the baseball about thirty feet with that thing on, and if Tim Tebow can get a contract playing Fall League with the Mets, this guy could probably make the Padres in that suit.

2. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey flew 6,000 miles to Tokyo to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Yomiuri Giants (the Yankees of the Nippon Baseball League) game. You’d think that the absolutely abysmal throw that barely made it past the mound would be the most embarrassing thing about this, but in retrospect, it’s the outfit.

3. Zombies
Oh what do you know? The Padres have another desperate gimmick promotion going to lure unsuspecting fans into actually going to Petco Park for a game. Wasn’t the zombie thing over in 2009?

4. Carly Rae Jepsen
Oh my goodness. You’d think some of these celebrities they get to do these first pitches were grown in a vat until they were unleashed into the public sphere to fill up the radio waves. Has Carly ever even held a baseball before? At least she was a good sport about it.

5. 50 Cent
I don’t care how much street cred Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson had before this game, he lost it all in this moment. Just awful.

6. Bill Murray
One of the most loveable actors of our time, Bill Murray threw out the opening pitch for the most “loveable losers” in the senior circuit. It’s well known that Murray is a lifelong Cubs fan so this is a cool moment.

7. Kardashian Sisters
The fact that mom-ager Kris Jenner joined her eldest daughters for this activity is my favorite part of the whole awful thing.