Power Ranking The Worst First Pitches In MLB History
It’s commonplace anymore to have a ceremonial first pitch at most MLB games. Sometimes it’s locals who have done stuff for their community, it could be veterans, and kids who have done it as well. On occasion, you get a rare celebrity appearance. Sometimes it turns out to be a hit! They get it somewhat close to the plate and don’t make a complete fool of themselves. Today in Boston with Steve Aoki, that was not the case. After watching his first pitch, it got me thinking of the worst first pitch in MLB history. Here are the top 10.
#10) Anthony Fauci: July 23, 2020
We start the list with Dr. Fauci. It doesn’t look like he’s ever really thrown a baseball before, plus that throwing motion isn’t great but he has the right idea. At least he had some distance on it.
#9) Carl Lewis: June 18, 2003
Carl Lewis is one of the greatest Olympians of all time. His track and field resume is nothing to laugh at. Maybe Lewis wasn’t much of a ballplayer in his youth. Hey, at least it was straight. It’s like golf! Doesn’t have to be far, just has to be straight.
#8) Snoop Dogg: June 9, 2016
I am going to give Snoop Dogg a little credit here. It may be way off target but MAN he threw some heat. Looked like he had the right idea just needs a little practice.
#7) Mariah Carey: May 28, 2008
I have so many questions. Why is she in Japan? Why did those mascots escort her out so quickly? Why are there two mascots? I don’t hate this pitch because lets be honest: Mariah Carey probably didn’t even know what a baseball was the day before this. But it was fairly straight!
#6) Miss Texas 2014 Monique Evans: August 17, 2014
Another person who likely had never seen a baseball before. You are destined to fail with a delivery like this. But she looked damn good doing it.
#5) John Wall: June 17, 2011
Athletes should be better at doing this. (Wait until you see my number 2 on this list). When it comes to the worst first pitch in MLB history, this gets some discussion. There have been worse, but this is a bad take from an NBA player.
#4) 50 Cent: May 27, 2014
This should be closer to number one on this list, but my top three are clear-cut. It’s obvious that 50 Cent was not a baseball player in his youth (he did box, fun fact) and his wide left throw here will bring a smile to your face.
#3) Carly Rae Jepsen: July 15, 2013
I think it’s safe to say that no one is calling Carly Rae Jepsen after this hilariously bad first pitch. Straight into the dirt, couldn’t be more than 8 feet in front of her. How can you top this? I have two that can.
#2) Michael Jordan: September 28, 1998
THIS GUY LEFT BASKETBALL TO PLAY BASEBALL. THIS IS HIS FIRST PITCH?! Give me a break. He left during the peak of his NBA career to play baseball, and he isn’t even close to the plate. I can throw it from the mount and at least get it closer than MJ did. Come on, Michael.
#1) Steve Aoki: May 16, 2022
This takes the cake. When I saw this, laughter filled the room but also a serious concern for Steve Aoki’s shoulder. I mean, he not only missed the plate, but he was also probably a good 20-30ft over or more. Maybe it’s recency bias, but this has to go down (so far) as the worst first pitch in MLB history.