Well according to the sports announcers Carly Rae Jepsen held onto it a bit too long, the ball that is, when she made what could be a record breaking worst throw at the start of the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. You can hear the announcer’s discussing Carly’s abysmal pitch on the video below.
The young Canadian pop star who garnered over 400 million views on her cover of the song Call Me Maybe on YouTube, got the honour of throwing out the first ball in the ballgame on Sunday. While Carly Rae Jepsen was undeniably excited to be the one to throw the “first pitch” she looked more like she was “bowling” for a cricket match instead of trying to throw a strike across the batter’s plate. Maybe she did hold onto it a bit too long.
Jepsen is a Canadian recording artist and singer/songwriter from Mission, British Columbia. She placed third in the Canadian Idol television contest in the show’s fifth season. She also took part in the Canadian Idol “Top 3” tour. She released her first album in 2007 called Tug of War and in 2011 she released her song Call Me Maybe which became a mega-hit for the Canadian singer and it was this song that proved to be such a hit on YouTube. Justin Bieber was impressed by the singer and introduced her to his manager Scooter Braun who signed Carly to his Schoolboy Records label.
After her Call Me Maybe song broke records with over 400 million views, the single came in at number one on both Billboard and the Canadian Hot 100.
But this isn’t the first time that the Canadian singer has been in the news this year. Jepsen was supposed to sing at the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Scout Jamboree along with the band Train. After the issue of the BSA policy on gays, both Train and Carly announced that they would, “not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”
With Jepsen’s “throw” the ball fell to the ground roughly ten feet in front of her and rolled over the line between first base and home plate. Although Carly does look embarrassed, she also looks very amused at her poor pitch and she laughingly runs up to the catcher.
The announcers were surprised at her pitch. They’d seen Carly practising in the bullpen (pitching practise area) and both men swore that she threw strikes every time. Still, just because she can perform in front of thousands of fans as a singer doesn’t mean that she’s not going to be a bit “thrown” by being watched by thousands of baseball fans!
Of course the very fact that Carly is a singer and not a professional ball player could be the main reason that the throw went so badly. Apparently she’s in good company. According to NYDailyNews.com, Mariah Carey, Carl Lewis, John Wall, Howard Stern producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate and Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory all did equally as bad as Jepsen.
But you can decide for yourself if Carly Rae Jepsen held onto it a bit too long or if perhaps the number eight jersey she was wearing from the Rays was a bit too tight. Watch the video and see what you think.
By Michael Smith