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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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr. in A’s-Mariners first-pitch ceremonies

The A’s are opening up the 2019 season on the road. Not in Seattle. Not in Texas. Not in the United States. Not even in Toronto.

Once again, the A’s season starts in Japan. Oakland will play two exhibition games against professional Japanese teams before their first regular-season game is scheduled for March 20, a week before the rest of the league, against the Mariners in Tokyo.

And when the games begin, two greats will be in the batter’s box. A’s Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson will step in during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1, followed by Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. in the next game.

Rickey has to prepare- there’s a greater-than-zero chance he’ll play for the Marlins by the end of the season.

 

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: first pitch, ken griffey jr., rickey henderson

 

 

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