Stephen A. Smith faced off against immense pressure, but ultimately, the pressure triumphed.
Smith's attempt mirrored the infamous first pitch by 50 Cent in Major League Baseball history, falling short of reaching the catcher. It resembled Gronkowski's iconic football spike more than an actual pitch.
Stephen A. Smith’s first pitch at Yankees Stadium might rival 50 Cent’s first pitch at Citi Field:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 21, 2023
Stephen A. later attempted to shift the blame, jesting that he was merely throwing a changeup. Nice try, SAS!
However, that justification didn't sit well with fellow ESPN figure Dan Orlovosky, who criticized Stephen A. for poking fun at his infamous moment of running out of the back of the end zone during his NFL days.
You have got to be freaking kidding me @stephenasmith
This is worse than I imagined and you make fun of me for running out the end zone! https://t.co/zvkqsxOKGR
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) September 21, 2023
Luckily for Smith, Yankees Stadium was sparsely populated given the team's performance. In fact, with a pitch like that, Smith might just find a place in the Yankees' rotation, if not for this year’s probable American League Cy Young award recipient, Gerrit Cole.
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