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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?