No “maybe” about it, singer Carly Rae Jepsen should definitely not say, “Call me” to anyone looking for a decent baseball pitcher.
The 27-year-old Canadian, who took the world by storm with her 2012 viral hit “Call Me Maybe,” was invited to throw out the first pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team on Sunday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. For a girl who famously “threw a wish in a well,” she couldn’t hit water if she fell out of a boat.
The distance from the pitcher’s rubber to home plate is 60 feet, 6 inches. Jepsen’s pitch went about 8 feet in the air and the rest of the way on the ground — a third of the way up the first base line at Tropicana Field.
Wearing a Rays jersey knotted above her short shorts, Jepsen clearly palmed the ball, and as the Fox Sports announcers noted, “held onto it a little too long.” They also said that the singer may give Howard Stern sidekick Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate a run for his money for worst ceremonial pitch ever.
Jepsen was a good sport, throwing her arms in the air after the pitch and laughing as she ran in to retrieve the souvenir.
For TODAY fans, it’s somewhat reminiscent of the effort by former anchor Meredith Vieira, who tossed the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game in 2010. “Is that technically a throw?” Matt Lauer joked at the time. Watch the clip below.