MMA fighter Conor McGregor has once again made a spectacle of himself.
The Irishman’s shambolic attempt at throwing the opening pitch at Wrigley Field in Chicago last night has gone viral.
Stepping up to the plate to throw the ceremonial pitch at the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins, the 33-year-old UFC star loosened his shoulders before hurling the ball — but he couldn’t have been further from the mark.
Instead of the ball landing in the catcher’s glove or, er, anywhere remotely near the catcher, it instead went wide far off to the right before rebounding off the wall.
The video, which has now been viewed four million times was reshared by FOX Sports who poked fun at the throw, calling it an “immediate all-time iconic first pitch” along with a target and cash bag emoji.
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Speaking to The Mac Life after coming off the field, McGregor laughed and branded it “the most devastating first pitch ever seen in the iconic Wrigley Field”.
The reporter said: “I say this pitch is a little high, you say it’s perfect.”
McGregor replied: “Well the venom is there, the power is there, it’s a little off accurate-wise but I’m on the one leg, you can see me base fully on the left leg that was just recently injured. I’m happy with that, I’ll take that on board.
“If you could measure the power, I don’t think there was much power difference between mine and them out there,” he said pointing to the professionals. “Just the accuracy was a little off.”
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He said it was either “lob it friendly” or aim to take the catcher “off his feet”.
The throw was so friendly in fact, that it didn’t risk knocking the catcher over by a longshot.
In a close-up of the throw, catcher Patrick Wisdom is seen smiling before McGregor pitches the ball. Once he flings it, Wisdom’s face drops in shock as his eyes follow the ball hurtling towards the crowd.