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Video: Doug Glanville’s wild first pitch, poor Harry Caray impression

Mark Townsend
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This hasn't been a banner year for athletes delivering ceremonial first pitches. We've already documented and analyzed the lousy efforts from NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki and Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Ultimately, we gave them a pass since bouncing, shooting and occasionally passing basketballs is their livelihood.

A similar reprieve, however, is not in order for nine-year major leaguer, and current ESPN "Baseball Tonight" analyst, Doug Glanville, who sailed his first-pitch attempt over the head of Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana prior to the Philadelphia Phillies' 9-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Granted, it's not impossible to overthrow the generously listed 5-foot-8 Campana, but Glanville's toss would have been a tough grab even for Shaquille O'Neal in his prime.

Here's the video via Comcast Sports Net Chicago: {YSP:MORE}

Glanville, who retired in 2005 with 1,100 hits, spent the majority of his playing career with those Cubs and Phillies as an outfielder. He was never a superstar by any stretch, but he had a pretty solid career. The highlight of which was probably hitting .324 and finishing second behind Luis Gonzalez for the National League batting crown in 1999.

At six years out of the game, we could easily blame rust on his failed first-pitch attempt. But at age 40, we certainly can't use age as an excuse. Just ask Jim Thome and Jason Giambi about that.

Of course, Glanville had his own self-deprecating take on it, joking to Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly that he tanked his first pitch to lower expectations for his seventh-inning stretch performance.

So how did that go?

Personally, I thought the singing part went all right, or measurably better than Stephanie Izard's rendition on Tuesday at least, but I honestly don't think there was much Doug could have done — intentionally or not — to make his Harry Caray impression that accompanied it presentable. Judge for yourself.

Watch Glanville's stretch performance

I will give Glanville this, and it's likely to come across as a back-handed compliment because that's pretty much what it is, but that's the most personality I've seen from him during his TV appearances dating back to 2010. Hopefully we start seeing more of that personality shining through and overtaking the robotic analysis that seems to flow out of those telecasts from the Northeast.

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