Ricky Ubeda Is Even Good at Throwing Things
We’ve talked and talked and talked about sports guys getting their dance on. But what about the dancers who stand out in the world of sports? Last year we told you about Michael Morris Jr., who earned a $2,500 college scholarship after killing it in a football toss competition. And this weekend, “So You Think You Can Dance” champion Ricky Ubeda proved that he’s not only America’s Favorite Dancer, but also America’s National Pastime’s Favorite Amateur Pitcher.
For those of us plié-inclined humans not super-familiar with the intricacies of baseball, games often start with a ceremonial first pitch. In our language: Right before showtime (the first inning), teams invite a local celebrity to lob a ball from center stage (the pitcher’s mound) roughly 60 feet downstage (at home plate). It’s not an easy feat. Yet look at the panache Ubeda brought to the task during Sunday’s Miami Marlins game:
(Vine from Bethany @RickyUbedafann)
Don’t you just love him? Plus, the Marlins won that day. Clearly his signature tilt-a-pitch inspired the rest of the team.