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We are in the Golden Age of Awful Ceremonial First Pitches

Aug 27, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

Maybe we just catch more on video now. I dunno. All I know is that it used to be years in between seeing truly terrible first pitches on nightly highlights shows. Now we get a doozy multiple times a year.

To Houston:

Does no one practice these things? If I was ever asked to throw out the first pitch, I’d like to think I’d practice.


  1. Ren - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM


    I can’t believe celebrities doin the first pitches in South Korea are much more better than these guys.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Years ago, we didn’t have ceremonial first pitches before every game.

    THAT is the problem.

    • simon94022 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      And even for the big events, like Opening Day, All Star Game, or World Series, the actual ceremony was not a “first pitch” from the mound but throwing out the first ball. The guest of honor would stand at his seat behind the home dugout and toss the game ball to the home team. Much better system unless your guest of honor is Tom Seaver or Greg Maddux.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        Cy Young threw out the first ball at Yankee Stadium in 1953, and even he threw it from the first row seats to Yogi (the only man alive who can say he caught a baseball thrown by Cy Young in Yankee Stadium). Seaver and Maddux (and everybody else) should be in front row seats too.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      This and related actions are also, per recent discussion, time-wasters.

    • coachbrew - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Not only that, but MULTIPLE “first” pitches before every game. I was at a Twins game over the weekend and I think I counted four different ones.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Was it a rock group?

  3. eaglesfan8 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    At least she was hot

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      They’re fake. :)

      • genericcommenter - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        What, her cheeks?

    • miguelcairo - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      historio where are you?!

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      Definitely hot…and even more so with junk in the trunk.

  4. stex52 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I don’t care who you are, you have to warm up with a few throws. I saw Nolan Ryan serve up a roller one time because he hadn’t thrown any before the ceremonial first pitch.

    When they ask me to throw one out, the catcher and I are getting together for five minutes beforehand.

  5. [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Why bother practicing? You aren’t going to top the gymnast from Cirque du Soleil or the rhythmic one from [South?] Korea.

    • stex52 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      True, but you may manage not to embarrass yourself.

  6. 18thstreet - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Do we have any idea who this person is?

    • El Bravo - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM


  7. jinx21fan - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    The end of the steroid era didn’t just effect the long ball …

  8. pittsborgfaygits - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    That might be the worst first pitch of all time.

  9. psunick - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Agreed. She’s hot.

  10. twinfan24 - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    When I attended a game earlier this summer in St Louis, they must have had 5 or 6 different people (or groups of people) out there for ceremonial “first pitches”. Is it really a first pitch if other people or groups have already done the same thing right before you?

    I am guessing there is money involved somewhere, either in sponsorships or something. And, not saying that specifically to St Louis, but rather to most teams.

  11. ud1951 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Lighten up folks, the teams are letting fans get on the field and be part of the show. Who cares if the fan embarrasses him/herself?

    If you’re at the park and don’t want to watch, go get in line for a beer. If watching the video somehow offends your baseball purism, don’t click play.

  12. raysfan1 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    They should pull a random little leaguer out of the stands to do the honors.

    • chadjones27 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Since they’re being honored at CBP tonight, anyone know if Mo’ne Davis is throwing out the first pitch? Man, those kids (everyone in the LLWS) can play. When I was in little league it was like herding cats. These kids are turning double plays and diving for catches.

      • realgone2 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Which is why we have an epidemic of TJ surgeries. They’re pushing these little kids like they’re a year or 2 from the Majors.

      • chadjones27 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. The announcers were talking about these kids having a curve ball, slider, and all these other pitches.
        I had 3 pitches: meh, slow, and in the dirt.

  13. pbastille - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Technique-wise, she looks like Ubaldo on a rehab start

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      Ubaldo doesn’t even come that close to the strike zone.

  14. jimmyt - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    What pitch?

  15. rhannah78 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Maybe she thought she was at a football game and spiked the ball in a TD celebration! :)

    • gloccamorra - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Nah, she didn’t do the dance afterwards.

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