Date: May 9, 2009
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets
Venue: Citi Field, Queens
Day job: Radio producer
Bottom line: When your first pitch becomes the subject of a mini-documentary, it’s clear you’ve reached a level of infamy worthy of the title "Worst First Pitch Ever."
A decade after it happened, Gary "Baba Booey" Dell’Abate’s throw remains the standard by which all terrible first pitches are measured (of course, Dell’Abate’s executive producer role for the "Howard Stern Show" played no small role in helping the event take on a life of its own).
It’s one thing for a pop diva to bury a ball into the infield grass, but there’s simply no excuse when an avid New York Mets fan who knows a thing or two about the sport somehow airmails it down the third-base line and nails the umpire.
The reaction by "Baba Booey," a combination of disgust, dismay and outright shame, served as the icing on the cake.