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Ice Cube throws out first pitch at Dodgers game (Video)

Ice Cube threw out the first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers-Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday. The Dodgers’ Twitter account said Cube brought the heat, but from what I could see, it looked like he brought the hook.

Cube also addressed the fans prior to his pitch and let out his trademark “yayay” while throwing up a “W” for Westside:

Cube still yelling Compton even though he moved to Riverside? Let’s hope not.

Ice Cube Dodgers

Photo: Twitter/Dodgers

Nolan Ryan was a tad inaccurate with his first pitch (Video)

Nolan-Ryan-first-pitchNolan Ryan is one of the greatest pitchers to ever live. He logged over 5,000 innings during his incredible 27-year career and recently turned 67 years old, so you can understand why his arm might be a little worn out. That seemed to be the case when Ryan threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Ryan, who pitched for the Astros from 1980-1988, delivered a fastball to fellow Houston legend Craig Biggio that was just a bit outside. Knowing Ryan, the Hall of Famer was probably envisioning a righthanded hitter at the plate who was crowding the strike zone. I bet he was just brushing the imaginary hitter back. Yup, that was it.

Hey, he still wasn’t as bad as John Wall. That’s always a plus.

Video via The Score

Angels hitting coach Don Baylor suffers nasty leg injury catching first pitch (Video)

We have seen some first pitch ceremonies go horribly wrong across Major League Baseball (we’re looking at you, John Wall) over the years, but what happened to Los Angeles Angels coach Don Baylor last night is totally unprecedented. Baylor was catching the first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero when he somehow broke his leg.

Everything looked normal at first, with Baylor getting down on one knee awaiting the delivery from Vlad. Then, his right leg gave out and twisted under him in a way that will make you cringe. Baylor tried to get up and walk it off, but his leg buckled again.

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio booed mercilessly while throwing out first pitch (Video)

Bill-de-Blasio-first-pitchThe mayor of New York City is not a very popular man. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know a lot about NYC politics because I don’t. What I do know is that you don’t have to follow the current affairs of The Big Apple to know what a stadium full of booing fans means.

Bill de Blasio threw out the first pitch at Citi Field before the New York Mets opened their season against the Washington Nationals on Monday. There were still thousands of empty seats in the ballpark when de Blasio strolled to the mound, but those who were there to to witness the ceremony booed him mercilessly.

De Blasio was sworn into office on Jan 1, 2014. Apparently it has not been a great three months for him, and I gather that many have not agreed with his snow clearing methods during this harsh northeast winter. Having your Opening Day first pitch booed like that is very, very Mets.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Carly Rae Jepsen makes first pitch Hall of Shame (Video)

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen threw out the first pitch prior to Sunday’s Tampa Bay Rays-Houston Astros game, and it did not go well. The Canadian vocalist uncorked a 15-footer that barely made it past the pitching mound. It looked more like a football spike than an attempt at a baseball pitch. Jepsen was definitely embarrassed, because she placed her hands on her face after the dude and then threw her arms up in a sarcastic manner.

This pitch was just doomed from the start. I think Jepsen was trying to get the leadoff batter to hit a grounder, because she went up there with a palm ball grip:

Carly Rae Jepsen

Who’s this girl’s pitching coach? If she wanted to throw a pitch with some sink action, I would have recommended a fastball grip.

Oh well, this doesn’t at all change my opinion of Jepsen. She’s still a great singer and reacted well to the blunder. And it’s not like we haven’t seen awful first pitches from actual athletes. Remember what quarterback Denard Robinson did?

And how you can not like her reaction?

Colin Kaepernick throws 87-mph first pitch at Giants game (Video)

Colin Kaepernick is just showing off at this point.

As if being one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL wasn’t already enough, Kaepernick had to go out and show everyone that he might just be the best baseball player in the league, too.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the San Franciso Giants-Miami Marlins game on Friday and, according to the Giants, his pitch was clocked at 87 mph. Bay Area Sports Guy recorded and posted video of the pitch, which you can see at the top.

Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo caught Kaepernick’s delivery and didn’t even have any gear on despite the fireball unleashed by Kaep. The two later posed for a picture:

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John Wall throws out first pitch at Nationals game, does much better (Video)

John-Wall-first-pitchJohn Wall has been waiting nearly two years for this. During the Washington Nationals 2011 season, Wall threw out one of the worst ceremonial first pitches you will ever see. It was so embarrassing that it almost looked like he messed it up on purpose, but he didn’t. On Thursday night, the Washington Wizards star was given a chance for redemption.

He cashed in. Wall’s mechanics still may have looked like the guy’s in that hilarious Volkswagen commercial, but at least he reached the plate this time. As former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson learned earlier this week with this pathetic toss, reaching the plate is crucial. I wonder if Wall had to convince the Nationals he could really do it this time before they let him come back. Once would have been enough for me.