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:
There was a big stir caused when it was announced a robot would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Phillies game this week. I don’t get the fuss; how is this much different from an old school pitching machine like the one Jimmy Dugan hit off of in A League of Their Own? But I digress. The robot was wheeled out to throw the first pitch at Wednesday’s Phillies game and it did not go well. Like Jimmy Traina said, the robot didn’t quite Baba Booey the throw, but you could hear the boos after the robot bounces the pitch:
Honestly, I would have been disappointed and worried that Phillies fans were losing it had they not booed the robot. This is Phillies fan we’re talking about — perpetrator of the lewd, crude, and rude. Way to live up to your reputation, Phillies fans. Nicely done.
It’s all about Alabama coach Nick Saban this week. First it was announced that his memorial bronze statue would be unveiled at the annual A-Day Spring Game on April 16th (see sneak peek of the statue here). Then Saban had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the baseball team’s game against Arkansas Friday night. Check out Sabe’s arm:
Much like Rangers legend Nolan Ryan who was asked to throw out the first pitch in the ALDS for Texas, Giants legend Barry Bonds was invited to throw out the first pitch prior to Game 3 of the NLCS in San Francisco Tuesday. Bonds was in excellent spirits and received a nice welcome from his home crowd. What stood out immediately was how much different Barry looks. He’s no longer all roided up on horse pills and cow hormones and he actually looks normal. More accurately, as LBS contributor Alan Hull put it, he looked deflated (and we’re not talking about emotionally). Check out the pictures of Barry Bonds now and back when he was juiced up for comparison:
Looks a lot different now, doesn’t he? Any wonder how he bashed 73 home runs? The prosecution rests, your honor.
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Nolan Ryan may be 63 years old, but the fireballin’ Texan can still bring it. The Rangers’ minority owner threw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the ALCS in Arlington and entertained the fans with his scowl and classic high leg kick. Oh yeah, he also brought the heat:
With Ron Washington running out of arms in the 8th inning, I was wondering if he was going to bring Ryan in from the front row. It couldn’t have been worse than some of the other arms he ran out there.
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Camden Yards before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays next Tuesday. Given Barack Obama’s history with throwing out the first pitch, this could turn out to be pretty emasculating stuff for the President. Michelle’s first pitch certainly can’t be any worse than Barack’s was at the Washington Nationals game. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the video of the President’s first pitch disaster:
Barack could be opening himself up to a world of harassment if Michelle’s first pitch ends up on target. How fun would that be? Fingers crossed she throws a perfect strike. Who knows, maybe she’ll even step into the throw if she avoids studying any film of her husband.
On Monday, I wrote about how my respect level for President Obama as a baseball fan increased a tad with his refusal to do the wave. Like I said before, the wave is for fans who are bored and anyone who takes a stand against it is okay in my book. While I admitted I now think more highly of the current president as a fan, I’d be lying if I told you I thought he was a great athlete. As a matter of fact, I’ll even argue that George W. Bush — who’s 5 years older than Obama — is a more impressive overall athletic specimen.
To kick off the debate I’ve come up with a collection of videos of Obama and Bush participating in athletic activity. Let’s start with the sport Obama has a clear edge in — basketball. The current President can ball. The former president, not so much. Here’s a video of Barack Obama playing H-O-R-S-E followed by a video of George W. Bush shooting an air-ball to prove it: