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Gymnast Shawn Johnson Is A Gold Medalist In Atrocious Ceremonial First Pitches

Dear God. Darling little Olympian Shawn Johnson had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a minor league baseball game last night in Iowa, and as you can plainly see above, she ranks right up there with Mariah Carey, Carl Lewis and Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory as it pertains to awkwardly embarrassing performances by a non-baseball player on a pitcher’s mound. It was such a poorly thrown ball that it is surprising it didn’t travel backwards.

Via the Des Moines Register:

Shawn Johnson threw something other than a strike Saturday night at Principal Park, but that didn’t matter. Gymnastics is her game, not baseball, and it was evident after the 2008 gold medalist was just a bit low during her ceremonial first pitch before the Iowa Cubs’ game against Oklahoma City.

Actually, it was quite a bit low. It barely made it out of the pitchers mound dirt.

“I don’t want to hurt anyone,” she said before the pitch.

Her into-the-ground pitch still got cheers from an announced crowd of 4,835.

I suppose we should give the young lady a break and allow her a free pass on this one. Baseball isn’t a very popular activity among members of the Lollipop Guild.

Shawn Johnson’s first pitch comes up a bit … short [Des Moines Register]