State of the Rays: Tough foes await after hot 1st-half finish
JUL 15, 2013 3:49p ET
Thanks dear brother of mine. pic.twitter.com/jxzIhexaQ1— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) July 15, 2013
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen meant well. Really, she did. Of course, celebrity guests and first pitches are not new sensations at Tropicana Field – Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy tossed one in June – but they usually end without fanfare, without memory.
But Jepsen's effort Sunday, before the Rays' game against the Houston Astros, will live for some time. She deserves kudos for being a good sport. She laughed and covered her face after the ball bounced off a camera near the first-base line. She even posted photos of the event on Instagram.
Her effort will go down as one of the worst ceremonial throws in history. But she accomplished something many first-pitch participants do not: She was memorable.
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