See what I did there? Props to our friend @teammegan for alerting me to this, as I happened to miss yesterday’s first pitch in the Dodgers-Padres game while I waded through heavy traffic and struggled with a “failed connection” on my AtBat app on the way home from work.
In Los Angeles, it’s not uncommon to see celebrities throw out the first pitch at Dodgers games. But the guests yesterday surprised me a little bit. Fall Out Boy took over Dodger Stadium to promote the release of their new album, and even in doing research just now, nostalgia is kicking in hard.
Everybody remembers their first kiss, first day of school, and first Choco Taco. But most people also remember their first concert.
Mine was most definitely headlined by Fall Out Boy in 2006. Hawthorne Heights was there, too. And some crazy opener named Heroin. Or Crack. Something drug-related and terrifying.
And not only was FOB my first concert attended, it was my first concert regretted (though I did have a great time now that I think about it). Looking back, I’m not sure what turned me against them so hard. Maybe my friends stopped listening to them (WHAT?! I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, THESE THINGS HAPPEN!). Or maybe I didn’t realize the athletic significance to their lyrics (“Sugar, we’re goin’ down swingin’…” — joking, again. Obviously.).
Well, at least their CD’s never got the Good Charlotte treatment from my puberty-inspired hammer-smashing rage (now that I think about it, I was kind of an idiot in high school…). Either way, Megan loves Fall Out Boy and I’m glad she tipped me off to this. All sins can be forgiven if you wear a Dodger hat. Are you listening, Giants fans?
Also, looking at the box score from last night’s loss, I believe Pete Wentz was the only pitcher wearing a Dodgers cap to actually throw a pitch and not get rocked. My goodness that’s depressing.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
There’s a new trend in bad first pitches: the college quarterback. Is there something that incredibly different between the throwing motion of a football to a baseball that we can’t get a strike over the plate on a ceremonial first pitch?
Exhibit A: Texas A&M QB and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel
An airmailed pitch to Mitch Moreland. “Johnny Football” said afterwards that he had been warned by many people not to bounce it. That’s why he was a little wild with the throw.
Exhibit B: Michigan QB Denard Robinson
Someone should have given “Shoelace” the “don’t bounce it” advice. He better hope that this doesn’t affect his NFL draft stock in a couple weeks. UPDATE: Robinson actually played baseball in high school and apologized to his former teammates on Twitter.
To all my high school friends that I played baseball with at DBHS I’m sorry for not showing my skills yesterday. Lol
— Denard Robinson (@DenardX) April 10, 2013
Both should’ve taken advice from the Indiana quarterbacks Cameron Coffman, Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld. Standing in front of the mound and taking a three-step drop might be the way to go for future QB’s making a ceremonial first pitch.
-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)
Alright guys. The debate is re-opened at my request. It’s been announced that Bryan Mapes, our podcast host, blog father and Braves fan has tested positive for bobblehead testosterone recently.
Rather than strip him of any of his titles, we are going to just re-open one of the most popular debates Three Up, Three Down has ever seen.
Mapes represented the Sid Bream bobble a few months ago, and I was the Vin Scully bobble representative. We posted a picture of each and a poll to decide which piece of memorabilia you would rather own.
I regret to report that it was an overwhelming final tally: Mapes and his three-player bobble-slide won in a landslide over the simple, elegant, perfect bobble of the greatest announcer of all time sitting at his desk.
Speaking of Scully, he is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks game. They are finally releasing the beautiful Vin Scully bobblehead at Dodger Stadium tonight, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit.
And because I asked for it (Mapes isn’t really on testosterone – he’s just that good at everything, au naturale. Like Ryan Braun…okay, I’ll stop being mean.), we’re giving baseball fans a chance to vote again. It seems only fair to release this poll again, when the Scully bobblehead is actually being given away.
Here again is a picture of each, a short description, and that damned poll:
Vin Scully bobblehead
The greatest broadcaster of all time, perched at his desk, looking as handsome, intelligent and suave as ever. “It’s time for Dodgerrrrrr baseball!”
Sid Bream bobbleslide
One of the most famous moments in playoff history is depicted here, with Bream beating the tag with the series-winning run in the 1992 NLCS. Complete with the umpire signaling a triumphant “SAFE!”
Vote wisely, my friends.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)