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Striking Out: The Best (and Worst) First Pitches by Musicians

50 Cent isn’t the only star to fail spectacularly on the mound

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On Tuesday night, 50 Cent was tasked with throwing out the first pitch at the Mets game. Seemed simple enough; after all, it's a scant 60 feet, 6 inches from the mound to home plate, and Fif has never been one to come up short. But with the Citi Field crowd cheering him on – and Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese providing moral support – he did just that, tossing the ball halfway up the first-base line.

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The accompanying video has quickly become the stuff of legend, though you probably shouldn't make fun of 50 if you see him (we wouldn't recommend that under any circumstances, come to think of it). Turns out, the first pitch is a pressure-packed situation, and several big-name stars have crumbled beneath the spotlight. Here are some of the all-time worst … with a few notable successes mixed in for good measure.

And, hey, at least 50 got to keep his jersey. By James Montgomery


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