Tue Jun 28 10:10am EDT
Hideo Nomo and Tim Lincecum(notes) might have two of the most unusual deliveries in baseball history, but they don't have anything on this Cirque du Soleil performer. Watch below as he flips and twists with flair before delivering the first pitch at Monday's game between the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals at Petco Park:
I'm sure there will be a lot of unimpressed chuckleheads down in the comments that will either pooh-pooh the actual pitch or — heh — claim that he's just a product of Petco Park's spacious environs.
But take a second to think about what the guy actually did there. He performed a difficult acrobatic maneuver on the uneven ground of a mound, then landed safely and, without missing a beat, fired a pitch for a strike. Didn't bounce it low. Didn't sail it high. All on the first try.
I don't know about you, but it'd take me at least a few dozen tries — and probably a couple of trips to the hospital — to pull that move off.
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