First Pitch or Die Tryin’: 50 Cent’s ceremonial toss absurdly awful (video)
We can now add the ceremonial first pitch offered up by Curtis Jackson a/k/a 50 Cent before Tuesday’s tilt between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field to the pantheon of absurdly awful, profoundly embarrassing ceremonial first pitch efforts.
Jackson was at Citi Field to promote an upcoming concert at the ballpark and in retrospect, 50 Cent would have been better served doing, well, pretty much anything besides throwing a ball in front of thousands of fans and subsequent dissemination on the Internet.
To put it bluntly, 50 Cent’s horrific effort may in fact be one of the worst ceremonial tosses ever. And as anyone who has knowledge of the shameful history of truly terrible first pitch efforts, that’s saying something.
The rapper’s stab at delivering a pitch to the catcher went awry from the get-go, as his attempt at mimicking a competent windup was pitiful and his release point was far too soon, as the ball sailed on him, not coming close to the catcher, the plate, the batter’s box and so on and so forth, nearly hitting a cameraman in the process.
He deserves credit, though, for having a sense of humor about the embarrassing situation, as he immediately beings laughing it off as the errant pitch bounced pitifully far away from the intended target.
The rapper-entertainer took to social media while at the ballpark to address his ceremonial first pitch fail in a humorous nature, writing, “The sh!t almost hit the camera man damn, if you look close you can see them moving the plate. Lol”
He then posted another video where he seems a bit surly, defiantly writing, “I’m a hustler not a Damn ball player. LMAO,” presumably because he was being mocked and ridiculed on Twitter over it (Video contains profanity — viewer discretion is advised):
Damn straight on the not being a ball player bit. But still, simmer down now, sir. Simmer down now.
Suffice to say, referencing 50 Cent’s smash hit, “In Da Club,” the only club he belongs in is the Hall of Shame of First Pitches, along with Carl Lewis and former Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory. If you haven’t seen those pitiful pitches — first of all, for shame — look them up.