On Tuesday night Conor McGregor joined a long list of celebrities unable to throw in a straight line as he stepped up to the mound before a Chicago Cubs game.
Il MMA fighter threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before the Cubs’ met the Minnesota Twins. As you may expect from a professional athlete, his throw had plenty of power but, like the man himself, it lacked control and sailed high and wide of home plate before bouncing into a wall.
It’s not the first time McGregor has struggled with an American sport. He also underwhelmed when he attempted to throw a football before an NFL game in 2018.
McGregor’s effort on Tuesday inevitably drew comparisons with perhaps the most infamous first pitch of all time, by the rapper 50 Cent in 2014. Like McGregor, 50 Cent threw wide of the plate but lacked the Irishman’s power. He later claimed he had lost his grip on the ball. McGregor may have an excuse of his own: he is recovering from a broken tibia suffered during his defeat to Dustin Poirier earlier this year.