Before the baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals last night, a White Sox employee was tasked with tossing the ceremonial first pitch. She threw the ball in the wrong direction, striking a photographer in the lens with what’s being called the “worst first pitch ever.”
It appears the baseball bounced off the lens hood and that both the photographer and his gear escaped without any damage.
Happy to report that both myself and the camera are okay 👌📸 https://t.co/Pu04xYY7Z8
— Darren Georgia (@darrencgeorgia) May 29, 2019
The ball was left with a dark scuff from the camera:
OH also it left a scuff mark on the ball!!!! 😂 pic.twitter.com/Qg8msgxhiz
— Nikki (@_badgalnini_) May 29, 2019
White Sox Talk caught up with the photographer and found out that he still managed to get the shot:
"Still got the shot… never knew that this was gonna be my 15 minutes of fame."
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 29, 2019
Life comes at you pretty fast. pic.twitter.com/ySGgmqSc1n
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 29, 2019
“The pitch will go down as one of the worst in baseball history,” writes the Chicago Tribune, adding that the White Sox wouldn’t name the employee in order “to save her further embarrassment.”
Back in late 2017, a different badly-thrown first pitch missed the mark and nailed a photographer in the groin.
That pitch perhaps wasn’t as bad as this latest one, but the damage was arguably worse.