Throwing the first pitch at a baseball game is a ceremonial rite of passage for many celebrities. It’s the equivalent to getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or a wax statue at Madame Tussauds. Mariah Carey has done it; Victoria Beckham threw the first pitch at an LA Dodgers game; and Justin Bieber showed off his over-arm action when he was just 16.
Perhaps one of the worst celebrity first pitches in recent memory is Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen. The pride of Mission, B.C., best known for her song “Call Me Maybe”, was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays versus Houston Astros game in Florida back in July. What happened, however, was nothing short of embarrassing: the ball veered to the left, barely making it past the pitcher’s mound.
Comparatively, the celebrities showcased at South Korean baseball games have us beat. At a recent game between the Doosan Bears and the SK Wyverns in Seoul, South Korean actor Tae-Mi performed what can only be described as a kick-ass throw.
The 23-year-old actor who appeared in the 2011 Thai-Korean martial-arts movie The Kick, pulled off a high-kicking backflip before lobbing the ball.
Tae-Mi’s jaw-dropping stunt follows another entertaining first-pitch by South Korean rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji, who spun upside down on one leg before throwing the ball at a Doosan Bears-Samsung Lions game in July.