Where exactly does 50 Cent's first pitch rank among musical acts?
The first pitch thrown by Curtis Jackson III (aka 50 Cent) Tuesday at Citi Field was, objectively, a bad pitch. Some (Cut4 included) have speculated that it was the worst ceremonial offering of all time. But let's investigate a little deeper. Compared to his peers -- a few musical acts of recent vintage -- how does 50 stack up?
Dozens of musical performers throw first pitches every year. Below, from Kid Rock to Carly Rae Jepsen, is a broad look at the spectrum of skill:
6. Kid Rock
Kid Rock's toss for the White Sox was insanely good, which is surprising because a fedora usually throws off a pitcher's mechanics:
5. Geddy Lee
The Rush singer's attempt is perfectly solid -- over the plate and right on target. You could say it's one made for the Moving Pictures! (I'm so sorry):
4. Snoop Dogg
Is he still Snoop Dogg? Or possibly Snoop Lion? Either way, here's Snoop [Animal]'s throw, which is certainly a middle-of-the-road offering:
3. Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper's work on songs such as "School's Out" earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He highly unlikely to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame:
2. Mariah Carey
No, Mrs. Cannon's first pitch didn't come in an MLB park. But, this throw is so legendarily terrible, its fame has transcended the Pacific Ocean:
This is a really, really bad first pitch. It's outside, it's low and, well, it's thrown directly into the ground 10 feet in front of the mound. There's really not much else to say:
So, where does Mr. Cent fit into the Jepsen-Rock spectrum?
Probably somewhere around Mariah Carey.