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Top Ten Reasons Mayor Mark Mallory's First Pitch Went Wrong

Published: Apr. 3, 2007 at 7:26 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2007 at 5:27 PM EDT
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It wasn't the prettiest first pitch ever delivered from the mound at Great American Ballpark and according to some, it might have been the worst pitch delivered from 55 feet away.

Mayor Mark Mallory had big shoes to fill throwing out the first pitch of the season for the Cincinnati Reds.  In 2006 President George W. Bush delivered a strike from the mound to former Reds catcher Jason LaRue.

So after several practice sessions, it was the mayor's turn to continue the age old tradition.  He strode to the mound patting a baseball in his glove and prepared to send a pitch to Reds icon Eric Davis.

Mallory readied himself before the assembled 42,000 plus baseball fans, wound up and delivered a throw that immediately strayed from its intended path and headed immediately toward the Reds first base dugout.  It flew some 12 feet before rolling to umpire Randy Marsh's feet.  Marsh playfully tossed Mallory from the game.

During Mallory's weekly meeting with the media, he gave his top ten reasons that his pitch didn't make it.

  • I have a shoulder injury from cracking the whip too hard on city council.
  • I got some last minute tips from Lou Pinnella.
  • I was protesting Ken Griffey's move to right field.
  • I didn't want to show up President Bush.  He might put a wiretap on me.
  • I am saving my best stuff for the Bengals' tryout.
  • First pitch, I thought I was throwing out the first bowling ball.
  • I grew up in the West End playing on concrete. Throwing on an actual field with grass and dirt threw me off.
  • Eric Davis' red shoes threw me off.
  • My best sport is putt-putt.
  • Eric Davis missed the sign, it was a pitch out.

Report: FOX19 News