Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 106: Singers Should Stick to Singing and Leave the Pitching to the Professionals.

The ceremonial first pitch. Just about every baseball team does it. Sometimes it's a celebrity... sometimes it's a well-known member of the community... and sometimes it's just a regular person. I like it when the regular folks take the mound. You know they've practiced—maybe even learned how to throw a curve to show off a bit. And they definitely seem to appreciate the opportunity.

Did you ever see Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park in May? This kid threw a perfect strike from his wheelchair. He might have practiced just a little. Plus, rumor has it that he got a few pointers from Pedro Martinez before his appearance. Just a feel good moment for everyone.

When teams ask popular singers to perform the first pitch honors, I'm sure they never know what to expect. It's obvious to everyone that the bad ones barely even know what direction to throw the ball. Didn't these people play T-ball as a kid? Little league baseball? Softball? Wiffle ball? Have they ever even thrown a rock?

My top three horrible throwers? Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, and the most recent addition to the list, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Evidently Justin didn't get out to the ball field too often as a tyke. Too busy working on his hair I guess. I'm suspicious of boys who can't throw a ball well.

Mariah Carey opted to go with some four inch heels for her appearance. Not a good idea. She's lucky she didn't twist an ankle. She's also lucky there wasn't a wardrobe malfunction with that jacket.

Carly Rae Jepsen needs either a lesson... or for no one to invite her to throw out a first pitch... ever again! Didn't she see the little man crouched behind the plate? That's where you aim.

Now here's a regular kid, throwing out the first pitch at an NLDS game. If no one told you he was blind, would you know? Take note, famous people, this is how it's done.

Much more entertaining and heartwarming than some overpaid celebrity, wouldn't you say?

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