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This White Sox first pitch might be the worst in the history of baseball

This White Sox first pitch might be the worst in the history of baseball

Tuesday’s White Sox-Royals game had an all-timer of first pitch, and not really in a good way.

There are plenty of bad first pitches in the history of baseball. It’s not the easiest thing to do.

So with the caveats out of the way, this one wasn’t good by the White Sox employee of the month who threw out the first pitch.

50 Cent had one of the worst first pitches ever and almost hit a photographer. This one outdoes that.


It would have been one thing if it was just an errant throw. Those aren’t that unusual. However, the cameraman getting hit in the face takes it to another level.

It’s a safe bet he thought he was out of harm’s way.

White Sox pitcher Evan Marshall was there to catch the first pitch. His reaction is also must-see stuff. He goes from oh-no face to putting his hands above his head to trying not to laugh, which is probably everyone's reaction to this.

Chuck Garfien found the photographer, Darren Georgia, to talk to him during the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast.

“I honestly didn’t even see it coming,” Georgia said. “I took the photo and it just hit the camera. It didn’t hit my head. The camera is OK. I’m OK. I’m just shocked.”

Like a true pro, Georgia said the camera is OK first, as if that was more important to him.

He said he got the photo just before she released it. Georgia joked the team photographer told him that he never had that happen in 35 years of doing it.

“I’m glad I could be the first,” Georgia said with a laugh.

UPDATE: She seems to be taking the attention in good stride, her daughter posted a video of her seeing her first pitch on ESPN.


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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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