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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.

Denard Robinson threw out a terrible first pitch at Tigers game

Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson threw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game Tuesday at Comerica Park, and it did not go well.

As you can see, Robinson was pitching from the front part of the mound, and his throw bounced well before it got to the plate. This coming from a quarterback, no less.

Robinson is trying to make the switch from QB to wide receiver in order to play in the NFL. He did not catch the ball too well at the Senior Bowl, but some team may be intrigued enough by his speed and skills to take him fairly high in the draft. There has also been some interest in him as a running back or cornerback.

The good news for Robinson is at least his first pitch wasn’t as bad as John Wall’s.

Here it is in GIF form:

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Guy Boucher takes hockey shot for first pitch (Video)

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher was invited to throw out the first pitch before the Rays-Blue Jays game on Friday, and he delivered quite the unique performance. The hockey coach shot the ball to the catcher using a stick.

Wearing jersey No. 7, Boucher delivered a perfect strike to catcher Stephen Vogt, who also had a hockey stick and goalie-style mask. Vogt even guarded home plate like a goalie.

The Lightning coach was there to celebrate the hockey team’s 20th anniversary. As part of Lightning night, Rays employees even wore buttons on their uniforms that said “Go Bolts.”

Boucher later spoke to The Tampa Tribune and expressed optimism about the NHL lockout ending.

“I think there is good will on both sides and I’m sure they will find a way,” said Boucher. “Hopefully it’s quick, and if it’s quick, we haven’t lost much right now. . . . I have faith in the players and the owners that they will find a way.”

Boucher shooting the first pitch at the Rays game continued the strong relationship between the teams. Last year, some Lightning players took batting practice with the Rays. Before the game, Rays manager Joe Maddon showed his support of the Lightning by wearing their cap:

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Rory McIlroy throws out first pitch at Giants game, pulls it off nicely (Video)

As promised, the Giants gave away McIlroy bobbleheads on Tuesday night and hosted last year’s U.S. Open champion for the ceremonial first pitch. Considering Rory McIlroy is one of the best golfers in the world at age 23, I doubt he’s picked up a baseball many times in his life. From the time he was a young boy, it has likely been all golf for McIlroy. It could have been worse.

McIlroy’s delivery was a bit high and the mini crow hop he did before throwing it was questionable, but the ball got there safely. In fact, it even had some decent zip on it. Not everyone can pull it off as smoothly as Snoop Dog, but for a golfer I’d have to say Rory did a damn good job.

Snoop Dogg throws out first pitch at White Sox game, Tebows (Video)

Rapper/actor/entertainer Snoop Dogg threw out the first pitch before the White Sox-Twins game on Thursday, and celebrated with style. Shortly after tossing a blazing heater a bit high, Snoop struck the Usain Bolt pose, and then he got down on one knee and “Tebowed.”

We knew the rapper was a football fan, but who knew he liked Tebow that much? Snoop is also proving to be one of the most versatile sports fans around. From hockey to soccer to basketball and baseball, the guy loves it all.

Hopefully his performance at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., later that night went as well as the pitch.

Here is an up-close look at Snoop in his White Sox outfit before the game:

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Dirk Nowitzki Throws Out First Pitch at Rangers Game (Video)

Dirk Nowitzki threw out the first pitch of Friday’s Rangers-Mets game, and let’s just say he’s no Nolan Ryan

At least he was better than John Wall. But hey, when someone’s tattooing your face on their butt because of your basketball prowess, how you throw a baseball hardly matters.

John Wall Throws Embarrassing First Pitch at Nats Game (Video)

We’ve seen plenty of bad honorary first pitches thrown at baseball games, and this one by Wizards point guard John Wall is up with the worst of them. Observe:

It’s amazing that someone who can throw passes as pretty as this and dance like an Usher clone can be so terrible at throwing a baseball.

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