While we're basking in the start of the baseball season, we thought we'd take a closer look at the oft-neglected start of the baseball game. Before the home team takes the field and the first batter's up, a self-important celebrity or sponsor is trotted out to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch — and the results are often highly amusing. Enjoy this collection of regrettable publicity moves, and be thankful we don't live in a world where people are judged solely on their ability to throw a baseball.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
Olympian Shawn Johnson
UK soccer legend Gary Neville
George Steinbrenner's widow, Joan
Howard Stern cohort Gary Dell'Abate
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