Ceremonial first pitches in baseball games are only entertaining if they’re a trainwreck of some sort or other, but there’s an added layer of comedy when a pro athlete in another sport can’t fulfill the basic task of throwing a baseball 60 feet, six inches. Let’s laugh together at these NBA ballers who failed at throwing a ball that’s considerably smaller than what they’re used to.
The new Clipper inspired us to make this list with his embarrassing display at a Dodgers game last week. Pierce’s Celtics history (and his distaste for the Lakers) already made him a hard sell at Dodger Stadium, even if he might be the final piece to take the Clippers over the Conference Semis hump. He did not do himself any favors ingratiating himself to L.A. when he bounced his pitch. Listen to those boos! (Best part: The PA announcer’s sarcastic “good job” afterward.)
Of course, this wasn’t the first time Pierce has thrown out the first pitch. He was invited to Fenway after the Celtics’ 2008 title win, and that pitch didn’t go too well, either:
So, he airmailed his first try and shorted his second try. Third time’s the charm, Paul. Maybe try the Angels’ stadium next.