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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.

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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