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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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Snoop Dogg Pounds the Strike Zone

Watching live, the MLB Network analysts joked that Snoop probably wouldn't even manage to get his pitch to home plate, but the Doggfather proved them wrong. His toss wasn't perfect, though we've got to give him credit for throwing while wearing a pair of necklaces (one of which appeared to have a White Sox helmet on it). Ever the showman, Snoop punctuated his pitch by Tebowing for the crowd. We'd like to think he used the moment to contemplate signing a minor-league deal.

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Cee Lo and his Perfect Imperfections

If this list has taught us anything, it's that you've got to wear proper attire while throwing out the first pitch. So, when Cee Lo strode to the mound at Dodger Stadium in shorts and sandals, well, we knew what would happen next. To his credit, the Soul Machine didn't embarrass  himself entirely, though we're giving him bonus points for his wind up, which included several rhythmic butt bounces. Sometimes, style matters … just wear spikes next time, folks.

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