Despite the announcers pointing out that Carly Rae Jepsen needed to practice a bit more before she stepped up to the pitchers mound at the Astros and Rays baseball game to throw out the first ball, we don’t think she did that badly. She isn’t a professional ball player after all, so when she throws the baseball, she throws like a singer.
The announcers seemed to think that Carly either held onto the ball too long or that she’d used too much stick em on her fingers. But both agreed that they’d seen worse efforts in the past at throwing out the first ball of the game. The Rays announcers also couldn’t understand why she’d done so badly after her impressive first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game back in April.
While most agree that her pitch was pretty terrible, she at least wasn’t as bad as Howard Stern producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate who, according to the sport’s announcer, holds the title for worst pitch ever at a New York Mets game with his 2009 throw.
Both men agreed that the 27 year-old singer had done a better job of pitching in the bullpen. But Carly Rae did get a conciliatory hug from the hug from the catcher after her embarrassing effort. She was so pleased about the hug that she tweeted about it afterward.
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 home 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.
Jepsen was in the news earlier this year for something not sports related. She was supposed to sing at the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Scout Jamboree along with the band Train. After Train pulled out of the concert performance because of the issue of the BSA policy on gays, Carly announced that she would also, “not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”
Jepsen’s “throw” of ball fell to the ground roughly five to ten feet in front of her and rolled over the line between first base and home plate, striking a camera lying on the ground. 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 both surprised at her poor pitch, but it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all, Carly Rae Jepsen is a singer so she throws like one! Watch the video below and she if you don’t agree!
By Michael Smith