Well THAT’S a strike! ‘Worst ever’ ceremonial first pitch hits White Sox photographer – and was thrown by the team’s employee of the month!
- A Chicago White Sox employee of the month threw a pitch at a photographer
- Intending to throw the ball straight at the plate, she was massively off target
- The ball smashed the photographer but fortunately there was no major damage
The age-old baseball tradition of having a fan or member of the public throw the first pitch took a nasty turn before the MLB clash between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
The pressure and tension of performing in front of thousands can often bring the best out of sports stars but it seemed to have the opposite effect on one lady at Guaranteed Rate Field.
A White Sox employee of the month had the honour of throwing the game’s first pitch but, to put it mildly, she was just a little bit off target.
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A White Sox employee of the month hit a cameraman with her first pitch on Tuesday night
She fell towards her left, sending the ball flying in the direction of the nearby camera man
The ball crashed into the shoulder region of the photographer and appeared to hit his lens
He turned away in pain but reported after that there was no damage to himself or the camera
Images released by the White Sox show the incident from the photographer’s point of view
The rookie right-hander unleashed one of the most wayward first pitches ever when she launched the ball at a team photographer standing close by, between the mound and first base.
The ball flew straight into photographer Darren Georgia’s lens and landed nowhere near her intended target.
Images released by the White Sox on Twitter show the incident from Georgia’s point of view, with the pitcher seen releasing the ball just seconds before it hit him.
He turned away in agony after being struck but seemed to be fine afterwards as the players and staff on the field found the incident hilarious.
The woman covered her face with both hands and raised her arms. White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall, her intended catcher, put his hands over his head and then wrapped his left arm around her.
Georgia told NBC Sports Chicago after the incident that he and the camera were both fine.
The pitcher’s daughter then posted a family picture on Twitter with the caption: ‘LITERALLY THAT’S MY MOM!!!’.
She then tweeted an image of the ball used during the pitch and a huge mark on the side where it hit the photographer could be seen.
It read: ‘OH also it left a scuff mark on the ball!!!!’.