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Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 28, 2020 08:56PM
I used to be a pitcher, but I never threw from 60'6" like in MLB. I would measure off the distance in the back yard and practice a few pitches. If I didn't have it, I would stand closer so it popped a little in the catcher' mitt. The positive from that would offset the negative of not being on the rubber. You don't want to throw from the rubber and have it bounce in front of the catcher.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Ammo
Date: July 28, 2020 09:11PM
I could roll out the first pitch without embarrassing myself.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: July 28, 2020 09:18PM
Given a week to practice, I'm pretty certain that I'd nail it.

But I'm not 79 years old.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Don C
Date: July 28, 2020 09:33PM
I would certainly like to have a few practice throws before going public. I have no idea if I can throw a ball that far.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 28, 2020 09:38PM
No.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Drew
Date: July 28, 2020 09:39PM
I could throw a strike from second base. Well in the not too distant past. :-)

Do they get a chance to warm up?
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: rgG
Date: July 28, 2020 09:39PM
No, I never have been able to throw a ball worth a ****





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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 28, 2020 09:53PM
Yes, it would have a nice arc but I could throw it without the catcher having to chase it. Of course, with tens of thousands of fans in the stands or even just players from two major league teams watching, all bets are off. I would definitely practice in my backyard.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: blooz
Date: July 28, 2020 10:43PM
Nope. And never would have been able to. I was lucky to be able to throw some underhand pitches to my son so he could practice batting. Isolated childhood and my old man was from the old country and didn't know from baseball. He taught me how to dig a posthole and put up a good fence tho. if you needed a fence, I was your guy.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Wags
Date: July 28, 2020 10:51PM
I'd need a couple weeks to get ready, or risk spending the next 6 months nursing a bad case of bursitis.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 28, 2020 11:02PM
I could. And then I'd suffer a month worth of pain from my bad rotator cuff.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 28, 2020 11:23PM
I might get one across, but only with an Eephus pitch.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 28, 2020 11:33PM
Who won the All Star game this year?
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: datbeme
Date: July 28, 2020 11:35PM
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RgrF
I might get one across, but only with an Eephus pitch.

No one has ever been shamed for an Eephus except for the batter. It's being 10 ff left or right (usually left) that you have to worry about.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 29, 2020 12:05AM
You don't need to hit the strike zone with a 95 mph fastball. From the couple of times I went to fairs, most regular people can't pitch over 62 mph. With 40 pitches of practice over two days, I think I could get a ball between the limits of the batter's boxes without bouncing it.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: vision63
Date: July 29, 2020 12:16AM
I not only could throw it, I'd dish out a nasty curveball.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 29, 2020 02:01AM
Can I use a Chuck-It?



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: d4
Date: July 29, 2020 06:13AM
The 79 year old had hurt his arm practicing throwing the day before. Committing the worst sin in throwing the first pitch. Trying to give it extra oomph. Which is never good. He was a Yankees fan growing up in Brooklyn.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 29, 2020 06:54AM
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 29, 2020 07:39AM
.....pitcher or catcher.......???



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 29, 2020 08:55AM
I'm no pitcher, but sure I would get it across the plate.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Robert M
Date: July 29, 2020 09:47AM
Dennis,

Absolutely! I can throw a "first pitch" and it would positively suck. No doubt about it. Would it be embarrassing? Nope! I'd expect it to be a horrendously awful pitch and rejoice in the sheer fun of throwing it. 'course, I'd give everyone involved a warning in advance that I can't pitch for the life of me and it'd suck. If they still let me throw the first pitch and they're embarrassed at the results, well, sucks to be them.

Robert

P.S. I'd use my version of Bugs Bunny's slow ball: [www.youtube.com]



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: rz
Date: July 29, 2020 09:49AM
I'd probably need several warm up pitches, but i could probably at least get it across the plate. A friend and I were talking a few years ago and he said I couldn't throw a football 30 yards. I was able to do it on the first try, but it wasn't pretty.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: July 29, 2020 10:08AM
Underhanded, with a softball, probably. I won the accuracy toss on Field Day in elementary school... Pretty sure I could manage a repeat.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: d4
Date: July 29, 2020 10:34AM
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: freeradical
Date: July 29, 2020 10:54AM
[www.youtube.com]
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 29, 2020 11:17AM
10 years ago? Perhaps.

Today? No flipping way!



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: July 29, 2020 11:25AM
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[www.youtube.com]

Well, he did own a baseball team for a while there....



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: d4
Date: July 29, 2020 11:29AM
The MLB players you see on TV have been throwing a baseball everyday for 20 years since they were 6 years old.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: July 29, 2020 12:16PM
I guess I thought (from old newsreels) that when presidents like Harding or Wilson would "throw out" the first pitch, they just tossed it from a front-row stadium seat to the pitcher a few feet away, who then walked to the mound with it.

When did it become "throwing the first pitch" instead of "throwing out the first pitch?"
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 29, 2020 12:29PM
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.



It is what it is.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: July 29, 2020 12:32PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.

Always better to overthrow it....



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: July 29, 2020 12:34PM
If you know ahead of time that you can only throw about 3 feet, is it truly an embarrassment when it happens?
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: July 29, 2020 01:35PM
If Luis Tiant can throw 60 MPH balls successfully in actual Major League games, I can try to do the same for a single First Pitch.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 29, 2020 01:49PM
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Lew Zealand
If Luis Tiant can throw 60 MPH balls successfully in actual Major League games, I can try to do the same for a single First Pitch.

With Luis, his body motions and wind-up did more to cross-up batters than his pitch.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: d4
Date: July 29, 2020 02:09PM
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rjmacs
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N-OS X-tasy!
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.

Always better to overthrow it....

I would say it's better to under-throw it. Let it bounce in front of the catcher. It looks worse when the catcher has to jump like a wide receiver, miss and then have to run after it smiling smiley



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: d4
Date: July 29, 2020 02:21PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.

Any way you throw the ball, at 60 ft, it's extremely difficult to cross the plate. When you're on the mound and you look at home plate, it's a SMALL area to hit. But thank you for the strangely unnecessary explanation of what a first pitch is.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: July 29, 2020 02:38PM
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d4
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rjmacs
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N-OS X-tasy!
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.

Always better to overthrow it....

I would say it's better to under-throw it. Let it bounce in front of the catcher. It looks worse when the catcher has to jump like a wide receiver, miss and then have to run after it smiling smiley

Nah - a bounce on the plate telegraphs sadness. A wild pitch is funny, and it puts the focus on the catcher...



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 29, 2020 02:42PM
Bouncing it in front of the plate is a catastrophe.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: d4
Date: July 29, 2020 03:23PM
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Dennis S
Bouncing it in front of the plate is a catastrophe.

Catastrophe?
Let's all agree to reserve the big "C" for 50 Cent.





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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 29, 2020 04:25PM
I can't conceive how someone could throw it that wild.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 29, 2020 04:42PM
With a little practice, one a catcher could catch, yes.

A strike, likely not.



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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 29, 2020 05:14PM
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d4
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N-OS X-tasy!
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.

Any way you throw the ball, at 60 ft, it's extremely difficult to cross the plate. When you're on the mound and you look at home plate, it's a SMALL area to hit. But thank you for the strangely unnecessary explanation of what a first pitch is.

You missed my point (whoosh!) so I'll spell it out: Nobody expects a non-pro to throw a strike for a ceremonial first pitch.



It is what it is.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 29, 2020 05:54PM
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Lew Zealand
If Luis Tiant can throw 60 MPH balls successfully in actual Major League games, I can try to do the same for a single First Pitch.

With Luis, his body motions and wind-up did more to cross-up batters than his pitch.

Haha. My mom just bought my kid a Tiant shirt. I tried to explain Luis' wind up. Not successful. I'll have to show them a video.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 29, 2020 05:56PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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d4
Across the plate from the mound? Throwing a ball 60 feet to an area the width of a keyboard is VERY DIFFICULT. You have one shot. With all eyes and cameras on you. Unless you throw baseballs regularly it ain't gonna happen. Not across the plate.

The ceremonial first pitch DOES NOT need to be a scorching fastball right down the middle of the plate. It is usually a soft pitch, with lots of help from the catcher to make sure it ends up in his mitt.

Exactly. You don't have to get it in the strike zone.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: July 29, 2020 06:25PM
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I can't conceive how someone could throw it that wild.

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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: kj
Date: July 29, 2020 07:08PM
I make that distance throw pretty often in softball, so I could do it at least so the catcher wouldn't have to take more than a step. BUT I'm in my 50's, and I have to say no capability has suffered more with age, than my arm. In my 70's? I don't think so, unless my deterioration levels off a lot.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Tommie Milwaukee
Date: July 29, 2020 07:21PM
I played baseball most of my life, but I'm 69 years old now and I would have to practice for a few days & get the old arm loose again in order not to embarrass myself.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 29, 2020 07:54PM
"Juuuuuust a bit outside"


Makes me laugh every time.


"That ball is off the reservation."


A lot of hate and discontent if that was said today.

I'm not much for baseball, but I'm a huge fan of Bob Uecker's appearances on The Tonight Show (with Johnny) and The Late Show with David Letterman.

I think it was on Johnny's show that Uecker said "I had a lifetime hitting average of .200. That'd be a million dollar player today!"

And he's still calling it for the Brewers.




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all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Could you throw out the "First Pitch" without embarrassing yourself
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: July 29, 2020 11:44PM
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Lew Zealand
If Luis Tiant can throw 60 MPH balls successfully in actual Major League games, I can try to do the same for a single First Pitch.

With Luis, his body motions and wind-up did more to cross-up batters than his pitch.

Haha. My mom just bought my kid a Tiant shirt. I tried to explain Luis' wind up. Not successful. I'll have to show them a video.

It's a thing of beauty. I loved to watch him pitch, pure pleasure. Guys are way too efficient with their windups today. Boooooooring.
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