Conor McGregor’s left hand has delivered hundreds of powerful punches throughout his UFC career. But it wasn’t his friend on Tuesday night.
McGregor threw the first litter between the Cubs and Twins at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and it was far from nice. The ball sailed to the right of Chicago’s third baseman Patrick Wisdom and hit the brick backdrop behind home plate, causing McGregor to shrug in disbelief.
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After the pitch, McGregor called it “the most devastating first pitch ever seen at legendary Wrigley Field,” blaming its accuracy on his broken leg sustained during his third fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July.
Don’t worry, Conor. There were lots of early pitches from athletes and celebrities who were just as bad.
Here’s a look at the five worst first spots as ranked by Sporting News:
5. Anthony Fauci – Nationals
Fauci, the President’s chief medical adviser, has done a lot to keep the United States informed of the COVID-19 pandemic. But his first pitch for the Nationals’ home opener against the Yankees in July 2020 wasn’t memorable.
With a mask on, Fauci’s throw went towards the first baseline and out of bounds. At least he was trying to get it where it seemed.
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4. 50 cents – mets
50 Cent has produced several successful rap albums and songs during his musician career. But baseball? Didn’t look like his thing.
Like McGregor, his first pitch between the Mets and Pirates games was raised to the left of home plate in May 2014. He could only smile at how poor this was.
3. Carly Rae Jepsen – rays
Carly Rae Jepsen is also a talented musician, because her song “Call Me Maybe” reached the top charts in 18 countries in 2012. But her first pitch before a 2013 Tampa Bay Rays game wasn’t the best.
Her first pitch didn’t even reach home plate and fell to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Former Rays pitcher Matt Moore seemed to hug Rae Jepsen afterward, perhaps to alleviate her embarrassment?
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2. Mariah Carey – Nippon Professional Baseball
Unlike other celebrities mentioned, Carey’s first throw came at the start of a Nippon Professional baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Rakuten Eagles in Tokyo. Still, it wasn’t good.
Carey didn’t even finish her seat, causing him to fall off right in front of her, much like Jepsen’s. It didn’t seem to bother her too much, however.
1. Mark Mallory – shades of red
Home plate is in front of you, Mr. Mallory.
This one was pretty poor. Immediately after his pitch, Mallory, the former mayor of Cincinnati, appeared to be uttering a curse, while former Reds midfielder Eric Davis seemed confused about what had happened.
To be honest, we were too.
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