Tale of Two Pitches: 50 Cent misses, young fan throws perfect strike
50 Cent was on the mound, but not on the money.
The rap star was comically off target when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Standing on the rubber 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, 50 Cent wound up and launched a left-handed toss that sailed way wide of Mets catcher Anthony Recker. The ball bounced to the backstop and nearly nicked a cameraman standing not all that far from the Mets' on-deck circle as 50 Cent and New York pitcher Jonathon Niese both smiled.
Wearing a Mets jersey with No. 50 and the name Jackson on the back, 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, held a bat as he posed for pictures with Curtis Granderson and other Mets on the field during batting practice.
50 Cent was born in nearby South Jamaica and has a postgame concert at Citi Field scheduled for June 14.
Young Brewers fan nails it
Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, a 15-year-old girl threw a perfect strike when she was surprised with first pitch duties at Miller Park.
Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez gave Jordan Hynum a ball before Milwaukee's game against Baltimore Tuesday and walked her to the pitching mound to throw the ceremonial pitch. Hynum met Gomez before a game in April, breaking down into tears and hugging the slugger. That spread across the Internet, so the Brewers made it up to her.
Standing a few feet in front of the pitching mound, Hynum threw a strike to Gomez behind the plate. She later told Brewers broadcasters she plays softball for her school and that "adrenaline took over, it was very cool."?(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)