50 Cents pitch is not on the money 50 Cent throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates
50 Cents pitch is not on the money
Lexile

The ceremonial first pitch is a tradition in baseball.

Only 50 Cent, the rap star, did not just miss his target. He was way, way wide with his pitch. It happened Tuesday night before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets.

Standing on the pitcher's mound, 50 Cent wound up for his left-handed toss. It sailed way wide of Mets catcher Anthony Recker. The ball bounced to the backstop and nearly nicked a cameraman.

It missed home plate by such a wide margin that replays of it might be shown for years.

50 Cent seemed to get a kick out of it. He smiled.

The rapper wore a Mets jersey with No. 50. His real name is Curtis Jackson III. He will play a concert after a Mets game at Citi Field on June 14.

Critical thinking challenge: Why do celebrities make a ceremonial first pitch at baseball games? How do teams benefit from these pitches? Dont they merely delay the start of the game?

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COMMENTS (163)
  • Jamboy
    5/28/2014 - 11:05 a.m.

    If "50 cent " wants to throw a baseball on live TV, you would think that he would practice first. After seeing the Met's game " 50 cent" should stick to movies and rapping.

  • Julian-Feh
    5/28/2014 - 11:18 a.m.

    Why does it matter if he is not good at throwing a baseball he's a rapper not a baseball player. People need to mind their own business. People focus on the bad things rather than the good things.

  • Marc-Feh
    5/28/2014 - 11:19 a.m.

    Why does it matter that 5o cent does not know how to throw. He is not even a baseball player he is a rapper. I think it is really nice that he is going to preform a concert after the game. People really think that some people can do sports. Some people has best intrest in sports or in singing or other things.

  • videodude2012
    5/28/2014 - 11:47 a.m.

    That's not the first time someone famous threw a bad pitch, but that is the first time I have herd of 50 cent, but I think a lot famous people probibly can't throw good, just my opinion.

  • BrianL-3
    5/28/2014 - 10:07 p.m.

    This article is about the rapper 50 cent and the first pitch he threw at a mets game. It was the game versus the Pittsburg pirates and it is ceremonial for someone it throw the first pitch. Except his pitch was way, way, off. The pitch was way off that it almost bounced of f a camera man. This is a comical article because even 50 cent laughed after throwing the bad pitch.

  • AlexisS-1
    5/29/2014 - 12:48 a.m.

    This article is about the rapper 50 cent throwing a baseball before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets. His throw was way off, it didn't get even close to the to the catcher. They decided to make a big deal out of something small. Who really cares that 50 sent can't throw a baseball. Not everyone is good at certain sports. I don't know why they are making this suck a big deal.

  • CHRISA-ZDE
    5/29/2014 - 11:09 a.m.

    This happens usually with fans, celebrities, and other professional athletes to throw out the first pitch.
    It shows how it is not easy to throw a baseball. Many other professional athletes can not accurately throw a ball. Their has been older men throw the ceremonial first pitch closer than 50 Cent. Make sure you warm up before throwing the first pitch.

  • CORYK-ZDE
    5/29/2014 - 11:48 a.m.

    If that happened to me I would have froze and would have been shaken by all the humility. But I understand why he laughed after his pitch, he was laughing at himself too. He should get some practice

  • ANTHONYG-ZDE
    5/29/2014 - 12:00 p.m.

    This is hilarious! Maybe rappers should stick to their day jobs. But, its okay the rapper 50 cent will have an excuse to not pitch correctly because he will be performing after the concert. 50 cent could be the worst pitcher in history.

  • savannahg1
    5/29/2014 - 12:57 p.m.

    This article is about a rap star named 50 Cent messed up his throwing pitch. This happen at Tuesday. He messed up by throwing the ball way to wide and the ball went all the way back somewhere and almost hit a cameraman. My opinion about this article is that he should maybe practice more and keep trying.

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