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Where does Conor McGregor’s first pitch rank among the worst of all time?

Conor McGregor’s left hand has delivered hundreds of powerful punches throughout his UFC career. But Tuesday night, he wasn’t her friend.

McGregor threw the first pitch between the Cubs and Twins at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, and it was far from pretty. The ball sailed to the right of Chicago’s third baseman Patrick Wisdom and hit the brick bottom behind home plate, prompting McGregor to shrug in disbelief.

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After the pitch, McGregor called it “the most devastating first pitch ever seen at iconic Wrigley Field,” and blamed his accuracy on his broken leg suffered during his third fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July.

Don’t worry, Conor. There have been many athlete and celebrity first releases that have been just as bad.

Here’s a look at the five worst first pitches, ranked by Sporting News:

5. Anthony Fauci – Nationals

Fauci, the president’s top medical adviser, has done a lot to help inform the United States about the COVID-19 pandemic. But his first pitch for the Nationals’ home opener against the Yankees in July 2020 was not one to remember.

Wearing a mask, Fauci’s pitch went towards the first baseline and out of bounds. At least he tried to get him there, apparently.

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4.50 cents – Mets

50 Cent has produced several successful rap songs and albums during his career as a musician. But baseball? It didn’t seem like his thing.

Like McGregor, his first pitch between the Mets and Pirates game in May 2014 shot to the left of home plate. He could only smile at how poor this was.

3. Carly Rae Jepsen – Rays

Carly Rae Jepsen is also a talented musician, as her song “Call Me Maybe” hit the charts in 18 countries in 2012. But her first release before a 2013 Tampa Bay Rays game wasn’t her best.

His first pitch didn’t even make it to home plate, landing to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Former Rays pitcher Matt Moore seemed to give Rae Jepsen a hug afterward, perhaps to ease his embarrassment?

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2. Mariah Carey – Nippon Professional Baseball

Unlike other celebrities mentioned, Carey’s first pitch came at the beginning of a Nippon professional baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Rakuten Eagles in Tokyo. Still, it was not good.

Carey didn’t even finish her tone, causing him to fall right in front of her, similar to Jepsen. However, it didn’t seem to bother her too much.

1. Mark Mallory – Reds

Home plate is in front of you, Mr. Mallory.

This one was pretty poor. Immediately after his pitch, Mallory, the former Cincinnati mayor, appeared to utter a curse, while former Reds center fielder Eric Davis seemed confused by what happened.

To be honest, so do we.

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