There have been a lot of really bad first pitches over the years (Looking at you, 50 Cent, Conor McGregor, and Steve Aoki).
There have also been several really good first pitches by people like Megan Thee Stallion, Minnesota Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski, and cross-fit influencer Demi Bagby.
The interesting thing about the best first pitches is, as you can see from those three names above, that you never know who is going to produce one.
Such was the case on Monday night when Jackass star Steve-O took the hill at Petco Park before the San Diego Padres’ game against the Kansas City Royals.
Wearing a number 62 jersey, the 48-year-old did not, as one might expect, go for just any run of the mill first pitch.
Just before the toss, Steve-O held up his glove with the ball in it, spit a fireball at it that went about 10 feet into the air, grabbed the pill, and made a very nice thrown to the catcher behind home plate.
“My first time throwing the first pitch at an @mlb game,” Steve-O wrote on Instagram. “I’m pretty sure it’s never been done like this, too! Thanks so much, @padres!!!”
Yeah, dude 🤘
Thanks for stopping by and throwing out an epic first pitch, @steveo! pic.twitter.com/g3pZx4wqsn
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 16, 2023
In the ensuing game, Padres pitcher Michael Wacha ended up taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning before finally giving up a single to Royals’ second baseman Michael Massey.
Wacha, who has twice before reached the ninth inning with a no-hitter only to fall short, ended the night with 11 strikeouts in seven innings and San Diego took home the dub 4-0.
Perhaps Steve-O starting off the game with a fireball first pitch should become a regular occurrence at Padres’ home games based on how well they played Monday night. It certainly doesn’t look like San Diego fans would have any problem with that.
Steve-O just lit a ball on fire for first pitch. Omfg!! #Padres @Padres 🔥 pic.twitter.com/eAuH4ZEohb
— Lil Lex (@lexi_quesadilla) May 16, 2023
“This f****** game had it all!!” another fan tweeted.
Steve-O with a 🔥 first pitch#BringTheGold pic.twitter.com/kniUKTyqku
— Brandon Wright-Rowan (@BW_DCX9) May 16, 2023
“THIS IS GONNA CHANGE THE SEASON. THANK YOU @steveo,” another person wrote.
Steve-O fireball first pitch 👀🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ztMTggfp2E
— Hail Titties & Soto (@PrellersBurner) May 16, 2023