While most of us would agree that it’s a stretch to still describe baseball as being Our National Pastime™, there’s little sense denying that every playoff baseball game played during the month of October is laden with the kind of dramatic tension that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. This post, however, is not really about celebrating the magic and mystery of America’s most revered professional sport. Rather, it’s about the celebrities who trot themselves out to the pitcher’s mound before games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
First, the facts: Every single Major League Baseball team plays 81 home games during the course of the season. This means that the poor public relations department of each team has to come up with 81 different ways to get the crowd excited before a game. In some of baseball’s larger markets, teams draw upon their access to a range of different celebrities, a list that runs the gamut from Hollywood’s A-List to downtrodden reality television flameouts, to get their fans excited over a long and often monotonous season. So we here at TheFABLife thought you would get a kick out of seeing celebs of all magnitudes — most of whom are not exactly known for their athletic abilities — attempting to throw a baseball sixty feet and six inches. So, if you pardon the expression, who throws like a girl and who throws like someone who could be called up to The Show? Now’s the time to find out. Play ball!
Yesterday marked Pete Wentz‘ Fashion Week show for his clothing/design/publishing label, Clandestine Industries. Proving he’s not one to avoid theatrics, he took to the stage in a Hannibal Lecter-inspired straitjacket and…moving dolly? Hand truck? Whatever it is, he got wheeled in. The Fall Out Boy bassist’s clothing line is heavy on the printed-graphics and hoodies and is decidedly hipster (you don’t say!) and not at all what we’d assume Hannibal Lecter to wear while he’s lounging. For more backstage pics of Pete preparing to eat his audience’s faces, check out our gallery below.
It looks like we weren’t the only people who thought Pete Wentz looked silly at wife Ashlee’s birthday party this weekend. After declaring the “death of the emo haircut,” the Fall Out Boy bassist had his head shaved by Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus mid-set at Madison Square Garden last night. Wentz played it cool by pretending to sip from a cup through the shearing, but who drinks during a haircut? He was probably just trying to hide his tears.
After the show, Wentz twittered “jay-z had the death of autotune. this is the death of the emo swoosh” and posted before-and-after shots of his dome. Do you really think it’s gone for good (and for better)? Time will tell if other young rock stars follow his lead. After all, it’s not like Jay-Z’s gotten rid of autotune…
You know, even emo punk rockers have diva-like tendencies one they reach a certain level of success. He might not be Mariah Carey, but Fall Out Boy‘sPete Wentz still isn’t ready to pull up his own pants. The singer had a slippage issue in the clothing department while on-stage at the Leeds festival in the UK — and on came an accommodating roadie to pull up little Petie’s jeans for him. Just makes you wonder whether Ashlee Simpson has more than baby Bronx to dress in the morning. Eww.
At the Time For Heroes Celebrity Carnival, Miley Cyrus performed in true manic fashion while the cast of The Hills, little Bronx Mowgli Wentz, and Dancing with the Stars champion Shawn Johnson showed their support for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Disney starlet Selena Gomez modeled a sassy new bob as Joe Pesci reunited with Casino co-star Sharon Stone. See more pics of the charitable potpourri below: