On the former SkyDome's 20th birthday, the Blue Jays wasted a perfectly fine performance by 24-year-old right-hander Avril Lavigne. The pop singer threw out the first pitch before her home-country Jays fell to the Angels on Wednesday night. How did it go?
Let's just say the pitch had some bite on it, like a vintage Duane Ward slider. Put it this way: she ain't no Mariah Carey, and that's a good thing.
The best part of Lavigne's outing: She wore a glove! Major points there. On the negative side, Lavigne referred to the Rogers Centre turf as "the floor" — but that's OK. When the roof's closed, it is a floor. Another negative: too much eye makeup. But that's a bone I could pick with Avril any old day.
Fans probably knew about Lavigne's fondness for ballet and extreme sports thanks to her top ten single Sk8er Boi from back in '02. But did they know she also could sling it?
During a humorously awkward in-game interview with announcers Rod Black and Pat Tabler (good ol' Pat Tabler), Lavigne related her history as a pitcher, probably in the Canadian version of Little League.
Tabler acted starstruck, if also a little condescending. He's just a boy and she's just a girl. Could he make it any more obvious?
Meanwhile, Black just ripped her pitching ability. Obviously, he's a fan of the Duff sisters.
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