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Two years later, John Wall gets the first pitch right… kind of

Apr 12, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

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As you may remember, Wizards point guard John Wall unleashed one of the worst first pitches in history at Nationals Park two years ago, spiking the ball barely in front of the mound. The Nationals invited him back anyway, giving him a chance to make amends on Thursday.

Wall, for what it’s worth, practiced some hard tosses on a basketball court, getting some tips along the way. Still, he wasn’t willing to risk embarrassment again. He opted to go with the lob prior to the game versus the White Sox.

Perhaps he would have felt more comfortable with Chris Young as his target behind the plate.

  1. illcomm - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    rereleasing the article with q New time stamp.

  2. Robert Dobalina - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    What the hell is a “screech”?

  3. jm91rs - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Worst opening day pitch ever, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory.

    Side Note, Eric Davis looks like he could still play.

  4. butchhuskey - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I’m not a bad athlete but I would be deathly terrified of throwing out a ceremonial first pitch – I would be extremely nervous with so many people watching me.

    • umrguy42 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      That park looked pretty empty, actually, at least on the lower level.

      • butchhuskey - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Yeah I probably wouldn’t have any problems at a Marlins game!

      • umrguy42 - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Well, it surprised me as it’s the Nats’ park. Given their current success, I would’ve expected to see more people than that.

  5. carbydrash - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    One of my favorites was Carl Lewis’s first pitch

    Yes ladies and gentleman, one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century…

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