Vladimir Guerrero can hit anything, even the worst first pitch of all time, tossed by rapper 50 Cent.
In what’s quickly becoming a viral video, you can see the former Expos, Orioles, Rangers and Angel’s slugger (in Angels-era uniform) take a cut at 50 Cent’s pitch – which wasn’t even in the same zip code as the batter’s box.
We should have known all along. If anyone can hit 50 Cent, it would have to be Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero, who batted.318 over 16 seasons, with over 2,500 career Major League hits and 1,496 RBIs, had a longstanding reputation for swinging at terrible pitches, so why not 50 Cent’s terrible opening pitch? The thing was, Guerrero also put many of those terrible pitches into the seats.
The video doesn’t show him taking 50 Cent for the long ball, however. In the video, Vladimir pops 50 Cent’s opening pitch for a bloop single into the shallow right field. Guerrero does manage to get extra bases off of 50 Cent’s pitch, however, as what appears to be a throwing error allows him to scoot into second base. Here’s the video:
[Video via YouTube/MLB FanCave]
Here’s the thing (and we hope most of you already knew this or were able to figure it out by watching): it’s a fake, a clever mash up by the folks as MLB Fan Cave. Vladimir Guerrero didn’t actually hit 50 Cent’s pitch. He wasn’t even there. The last time Vladimir Guerrero saw Major League action (although the opening pitch by 50 Cent would hardly qualify as “Major League”) was in 2011 in a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
While he has played minor league ball since then, as indicated in a report in the Inquisitr, he wasn’t anywhere near the Mets game that day. Guerrero opted out of his last minor league contract – with the Long Island Ducks – because of family issues, but signed a one day contract with the LA Angels on March 31, 2014, presumably so he could retire as a Big Leaguer.
For his part, 50 Cent has never signed a Major League contract, or even a Minor League contract. Given the pitch that Guerrero didn’t actually hit, it’s unlikely that 50 Cent could have found a spot on a Little League (or even back yard pick up game) roster. He can console himself, though, that RoboCop didn’t do much better, as seen on this video.
So, Vladimir Guerrero didn’t get a hit off of 50 Cent. So what, you still have to admit, it would have been cool if Vladimir had been there and done this, so kudos to the folks as the Fan Cave for coming up with the idea and the video. At the very least, the idea of Vladimir Guerrero hitting that awful pitch by 50 Cent is appealing enough that it’s going gangbusters on the Internet.