There's been a lot of talk about that horrible first pitch that rapper 50 Cent threw and whether it's actually the worst first pitch ever. We put up 10 horrible first pitches and asked the opinion of our readers. But, hey, we know it's totally subjective.
Kardashian haters will say theirs is the worst. Howard Stern's loyal followers often prefer the Baba Booey first pitch, it's their badge of honor. Sporty folks say John Wall's is the worst, because he's a pro athlete and should be able to do better. People who hate Barack Obama will vow his is the worst and won't hear otherwise — even though it wasn't that bad. [*ducks*]
Point is, we can ask you for your opinion, but that's not proving anything. Enter The Washington Post and its Wonkblog, which got all fancy and analytical in its quest for first-pitch clarity. It charted a number of first pitches — good and bad — to show us, all in one glance, who did the ceremonial first pitch justice and who misfired the most. The winner/loser: It's 50.
Even this isn't the 100 percent end-all of the conversation, though. As Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham writes:
We watched a whole bunch of YouTube pitch videos and plotted them, to the best of our ability, across a strike zone diagram, using the tried-and-true “eyeballin’ it” method. You can see the results above. 50 Cent is indeed in a league of his own in terms of his ball’s horizontal distance from home plate. It’s a bit of a toss-up whether his pitch is farther from the plate than Carly Rae Jepsen’s pitch last July, although it’s difficult to compare the two since Jepsen’s pitch hit the ground about halfway there.
And there's the problem. Some people will still say Jepsen's was worse because she spiked it into the ground while 50 got air behind his — it just went in the totally wrong direction. Nonetheless, the chart helps. Unless, of course, you're utterly convinced Obama threw out the worst first pitch.
Sorry, friend, you're just wrong there.
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