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Friday, August 09, 2019

Bill Walton Has The Time Of His Life At The Padres Game

Listen. If Bill Walton is calling a given day “the greatest day of my life,” that’s a real day! The man has been many places and done many things. He won two NCAA championships, two NBA titles, and an MVP, to say nothing of getting married and having kids and all that type of stuff. But apparently none of that measures up to Thursday, August 8, 2019, the day that Walton jammed out with his Grateful Dead tribute band, threw out a couple of ceremonial first pitches, and, uhh, attended a Rockies-Padres game.

First came the jamming. Thursday was the inaugural Grateful Dead Tribute Night at the Padres’ stadium, and Walton joined the Electric Waste Band, a “crowd-inspired high energy improvisational rock n roll” act “featuring the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead,” for a two hour pre-game concert. The humongous goofus apparently worked his way into a gig playing bongos with the band, and so there he was, Thursday afternoon in San Diego, jamming on the bongos with his pals

...

Next up came the ceremonial first pitch. Walton was shown on the sidelines before the game, sort of pantomiming his throwing motion and loosening up the shoulder. But the pitch itself was a real mess, short and way left. Bummer!

Something to add to the list of first pitch debacles that we have seen over the years- on the bright side, at least he won’t be out for the coming NBA season with a foot injury.

QLE Posted: August 09, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bill walton, first pitch, padres

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

White Sox employee’s 1st pitch nails photographer

CHICAGO—A Chicago White Sox employee of the month got to throw out a first pitch. And, to put it mildly, she was just a little bit off target.

The rookie right-hander uncorked one of the most wayward first pitches ever when she plunked a team photographer standing close by, between the mound and the first-base line, before Tuesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals.

The ball went right off Darren Georgia’s lens, nowhere near the plate.

And we thought the White Sox’s pitchers had bad aim….

 

QLE Posted: May 29, 2019 at 05:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, oops, white sox

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bruce Willis did not live up to his die-hard fans’ expectations in his Phillies first pitch

The Phillies had quite the guest star on the field with them at Citizens Bank Park prior to their Wednesday night game against the Brewers: Bruce Willis. The movie star spent a lot of time growing up in southern New Jersey in the shadow of Philadelphia, so it was familiar territory.

Willis got to meet with some of the Phillies and Brewers ...

... and even take some batting practice.

You know, it isn’t often that Phillies fans boo someone who feels like he very much deserves it….

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, first pitch, phillies

K-Pop band NCT 127 combine for impossibly bad first pitch ceremony at Dodgers game

Imagine every worst ceremonial first pitch candidate you’ve seen rolled into one highlight. That’s the only way to describe what happened at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night.

Four members of the K-Pop band NCT 127 were invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers hosted the San Diego Padres.

Only one of them managed to not miss the intended target by a significant margin.

Much about our contemporary culture feels like it is designed as some sort of “big house” prank- this is an example of this in action.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 03:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, k-pop

Friday, May 03, 2019

Pat Connaughton’s First Pitch Attempt Proves He Was Right to Give Up Baseball

In 2014, Pat Conaughton faced a very difficult decision. He had been picked in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Orioles as a pitcher and had to decide whether he should quit playing basketball at Notre Dame and commit fully to baseball or hold out hope he could make it in the NBA. He ultimately decided on basketball and is now a key bench contributor for the Bucks.

Judging by Connaughton’s performance at Wednesday night’s Brewers game, he made the right decision.

Mind you, he still did far better than I would if placed in the same position….

 

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: draft picks, first pitch, pat connaughton

 

 

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