Where exactly does 50 Cent's first pitch rank among musical acts?
Was 50 Cent's first pitch worse than Mariah Carey's?
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.