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Charles Barkley’s first pitch at Cubs game was just off the mark (Video)

Charles Barkley was one heck of a basketball player, but his talents on the court certainly did not transfer to the diamond.

Sir Charles threw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s Cubs-Reds game at Wrigley Field and his pitch was not one of the best we’ve seen. If a batter were in the box, the pitch probably would have hit him in the leg, not that it would have hurt at Chuck’s velocity.

Barkley later did an interview with FOX Sports and talked about the first pitch. He said he didn’t really play baseball growing up and said this was his first time throwing out a first pitch.

At least Chuck didn’t look completely “ridiculus” on his toss.

Charles Barkley first pitch

Astros fan spikes terrible first pitch (Video)

Is it just me, or has this been one of the worst years for ceremonial first pitches that Major League Baseball has ever seen? A Houston Astros fan may have topped them all on Tuesday night.

As you can see, the young lady spiked the ball directly into the ground. She obviously just couldn’t get her fingers to let go of their grasp on the ball, and the end result was a pitch that was almost as bad as the underhand toss we saw from Miss Texas earlier this month.

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Unlike Bob Costas, the Astros fan didn’t ask for a second chance. She took her lumps and went to retrieve her souvenir before accepting a much-needed hug from Astros mascot Orbit. At least she went down gracefully.

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Bob Costas botches first pitch, asks for second throw (Video)

Bob Costas threw out the first pitch prior to Tuesday’s Cardinals-Reds game … and he also threw out the second.

The noted broadcaster and St. Louis native went all the way to the rubber and did a half windup for his first pitch, but he flung it wildly to the left.

Bob Costas pitch

Dissatisfied with his errant toss, Costas asked for a do-over and did much on his makeup toss.

He had a lot of sink action on the second pitch, too.

Only Costas would demand a mulligan on his ceremonial first pitch. I mean I probably would have, too, but then again I would have thrown a strike on my first attempt.

Miss Texas Monique Evans may have thrown the worst first pitch ever (Video)

Just when you thought ceremonial first pitches couldn’t get any worse than 50 Cent’s, Miss Texas Monique Evans showed us that the worst was yet to come.

Evans threw out the first pitch prior to Friday’s Rangers-Angels game, and she totally bombed.

Evans appeared to recognize that getting it to the plate overhand was out of the question, so she attempted to toss it underhand. But the ball ended up on the ground as if she were bowling or playing some bocce ball.

Someone just needs to help her with her mechanics and let her know that you have to push off with your opposite foot! At least she gets some artistic points for her perfect finishing pose:

Miss Texas Monique Evans Rangers first pitch

Japanese actress Rina Takeda breaks 10 blocks with head before first pitch (Video)

Rina TakedaTwo of the greatest things in this world are baseball and “The Karate Kid.” What could be better than combining the two?

Prior to Sunday’s game between the Chiba Lotte Marines and Seibu Lions in Japan, martial arts actress Rina Takeda broke 10 stone blocks with her head and then threw out the first pitch.

Shockingly, the block breaking went much better than the pitch, but who’s complaining? `

Oh, and I guess that all the research on concussion effects hasn’t made it to Japan yet. People still think breaking things with your head for entertainment purposes is a good idea?

Forearm bash to Cut 4

50 Cent says ‘excessive masturbation’ caused bad first pitch

50 Cent first pitchAs the entire world has seen by now, 50 Cent threw out the worst ceremonial first pitch of all time last week before a New York Mets game. The toss was so bad rumors have been circulating that 50, who has a new album coming out, intentionally threw a terrible pitch just to gain some publicity. The rapper has put those rumors to rest with a bang.

On Tuesday, 50 Cent held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) segment on Reddit. When someone asked him what happened with the pitch, he said the embarrassing result has to do with “excessive masturbation.”

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Was he joking? Most likely. Did he have that answer planned going into the AMA? Absolutely. But what can you say to something like that? If the guy’s shoulder was bothering him because he was tugging it so much, you have to respect him for owning up to it. These things happen.

H/T Sports Grid

Was 50 Cent’s horrible first pitch a publicity stunt?

50 Cent first pitchAs you have probably seen through every major media outlet in America by now, 50 Cent threw out arguably the worst first pitch of all time before the New York Mets game on Tuesday. Can anyone who has a functioning arm really miss home plate that badly? According to one report, the rapper intentionally botched it.

“He did it so he would get all the press,” a source reportedly told Stephanie Smith of the New York Post’s Page Six. “He’s got a new album coming out, a new TV show on Starz and he wants to launch a tour.”

A graphic that has gone viral shows that 50’s first pitch may have actually been the worst ever.

The rapper’s people say it was excitement that caused the horrendous throw, not a thirst for publicity.

“It’s apparent in his excitement on the mound that he released the ball too early, clearly not a stunt,” one of 50 Cent’s reps said.

To be honest, I had this in the back of my mind from the start. No one can be that bad. It just doesn’t make sense.

Thanks to LBS tipster David