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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Conor McGregor Submitted His Case For The Worst First Pitch In Baseball History

Tuesday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field was not exactly at the top of the heap in terms of casual intrigue. After all, neither club is in the playoff hunt after a disappointing campaign, and it is not as if the Cubs and Twins have an historic rivalry for the ages. Still, the Cubs-Twins game managed to attract some extra eyeballs before the teams even took the field, as MMA legend Conor McGregor made waves by throwing out the first pitch.

Dating back to 50 Cent and an effort that can only be defined as legendarily terrible in 2014, there has been almost a cottage industry for horrible first pitches. McGregor entered that pantheon in a hurry, though, as he missed the target… by a lot.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2021 at 10:12 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Traderdave Posted: September 22, 2021 at 12:14 PM (#6040950)
   2. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 22, 2021 at 01:02 PM (#6040973)
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 22, 2021 at 01:05 PM (#6040975)
I don't understand why first-pitchers don't throw a few practice tosses in private first. I once threw out a first pitch for the (defunct) New Jersey Cardinals of the (also defunct) New York-Penn League back in 2004. I threw several pitches that morning at home, then threw a perfect strike to the catcher*. (Of course, any halfway-decent batter woulda hit that ball ten miles.) Got an ovation. 'Twas fun.

Anyway, I know I'm not going to criticize Conor McGregor about anything...!

*The player who caught my pitch was actually not the Cards' catcher, but this guy, the second baseman. Autographed the ball, too.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 22, 2021 at 01:08 PM (#6040976)
Why on Earth was McGregor throwing out the first pitch? Were the Cubs celebrating things that were great in 2016 but are now just broken shells of what they used to be?
   5. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 22, 2021 at 01:48 PM (#6040982)
As bad as that was, I think there is more pride in a wildly inaccurate but relatively "fast" throw vs some of the ones where the arm action is limp and the ball goes nowhere (I'm looking at you, 50 Cent . . .).
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2021 at 02:03 PM (#6040984)
Video of Presidential 1st Pitches, including the Opening Day tradition in Washington, DC of the President tossing the ball from the stands into a scrum of players from both teams, who would vigorously compete for possession of the prized souvenir.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 22, 2021 at 08:31 PM (#6041131)
At least Conor threw it far enough. I think the worse ones are throws that go about 35 feet.

Conor looks to be a pretty solid guy and that suit(though finely cut and slim fitting) doesn't seem like it would allow for a lot of free arm movement so he kind of sort side arms the throw.

It's bad, no doubt about it, but not as bad as the 50 cent "throw".
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: September 22, 2021 at 09:27 PM (#6041145)
BBTF softball a few years back barely had enough players for two teams, but we managed.

then two young Brits strolling across Central Park walked onto our field without knowing what the hell we were doing. we convinced them to play a few innings, and they somehow agreed.

they could hit okay, actually, being young and athletic. the biggest faux pas I recall was when I was on first base and one of the lads was playing first base. sort of. I explained to him that he could move up several feet or back several feet, but not in my path toward second base - which, I explained, was over there to his right. he readily agreed.

I think one BBTF wag at one point said, "Hey, sorry about that whole Revolutionary War thing."
without skipping a beat, one replied, "Ah, we let you have it."

good times
   9. Cooper Teenoh Posted: September 22, 2021 at 11:03 PM (#6041178)
Is the dirt circle around home plate of uniform size in the major leagues? I've never thought to check, but if it is...50 Cent's pitch still landed in the dirt circle, near the edge. The Cincy mayor's throw was at the outer edge of the dirt circle, but was short. McGregor's throw seems to be sailing over the outer edge of the circle on its way to the backstop on the fly.

Of course, this takes us back to whether a pitifully short throw is worse than a ridiculously overlong throw.

I say just take away all their children and be done with it.
   10. The Honorable Ardo Posted: September 22, 2021 at 11:31 PM (#6041185)
I feel like a lot of these fails are because the dignitary wants to "throw a strike" instead of treating it like a warm-up toss on the side before a softball game.

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