Mets Offer 50 Cent a First-Pitch Redo: ‘We Heard You’re Ready to Redeem Yourself?’

Chris Yuscavage

Remember that horrendously bad first pitch 50 Cent threw out at Citi Field for the New York Mets back in 2014? In fact, it was so bad that its badness even won an award. Four years later, the Mets are giving 50 his opportunity at redemption.

The Queens-based franchise has invited the fellow Queens native to toss out the ceremonial first pitch at a game this upcoming 2018 season. The team extended the invite via its official Twitter account, asking the rapper to “toss a strike this time!” 

If, by chance, you forgot about 50's baseball blunder, it looked a little something like this: 

Maybe he was throwing outside for the intentional walk?

In 2014 the pitch got him roasted on Twitter, but the Mets' second invitation is prompted by 50's recent comments about the blunder that still might hold the hold the title of worst first pitch ever, FOUR YEARS LATER. While promoting his upcoming movie Den of Thieves, he admitted to Newsday that he regrets agreeing to do the toss. “Listen, no one warned me,” 50 said. “No one said: 'Risk versus reward!' I would have kept my [expletive] in the stands. This is never going away.”

He also spoke on how the pitch has lived on in infamy, even getting its own baseball card. “They have baseball cards with me throwing the pitch—​real baseball cards that they made,” he said. 

Despite his first attempt filling him with regret, 50 has expressed that he would like the opportunity to show he can actually throw. His publicist even claimed he was waiting for a special occasion like the World Series to showcase his arm. “I have to redeem myself at some point,” 50 told Newsday. “Maybe if I get out there and throw a really good pitch they’ll let me go a little bit.”

For 50's sake, we hope if he does decide to step back on the mound he can at least get it over the plate this time, especially if he wants it to be at as big of a stage as the World Series. If he botches another first pitch, Twitter might roast him into oblivion. 

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