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The Pirates Asked Wiz Khalifa to Throw Out the First Pitch. What Could Go Wrong?

September 29, 2017
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, a Pittsburgh native, throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
With the Pittsburgh Pirates well out of the hunt for a playoff spot—they’re 13 games under .500—the team went looking for a way to excite home fans at last night’s game against the Washington Nationals. The Pirates invited Pittsburgh native, recording artist, and cannabis enthusiast Wiz Khalifa to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

What could possibly go wrong?


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Khalifa wore a “LEGALIZE IT” shirt when he took the mound at PNC Park, and while he pumped up the crowd before throwing out the first pitch, he began mimicking puffing and passing a cannabis joint.

Officials at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York were not impressed—and actually, quite embarrassed, if their official statement is any indication.

“Marijuana is a prohibited substance in all of our drug programs. It’s unfortunate this situation occurred,” a Major League Baseball official said in a statement to the Pittsburgh Tribune. “The Pirates have informed us that this should not have happened.”

Here’s a video of Wiz in all his glory:

For the record, minor leaguers are strictly tested for cannabis use, but once they reach the majors it’s a lot easier to medicate and/or relax after a tough game without getting caught and suspended, as Donnell Alexander chronicled for Leafly earlier this year.

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  • willnkc

    They’ll get over it.

  • lovingc

    The posts I have seen on other versions of this story were full of ignorance and hate! People don’t know or don’t care about our civil rights. The haters and the totally ignorant are despicable as Hillary said.

    • David Leaton

      Hillary personally knows all about ignorance, hatred, and being despicable. This is not a “civil rights” issue, and you have shown your own brand of ignorance and hatred. many people ARE misinformed about marijuana, but being anti-marijuana does not make them haters. I suggest you reform your own hateful manner of thinking and talking before you dare talk about another’s.

      • lovingc

        Talk about ignorance, have you ever read the constitution of this country? The first amendment covers freedom of speech and protest is cover under this amendment. Your stupidity in saying this is not a protest shows your ignorance and hate for what you don’t understand and is palpable. Your hate is implied by your ignorant screed. My hate is my business not yours so mind your own business. I am in favor of freedom, and resent any one that thinks less freedom is a good thing. I do not!

  • andrewgol

    Cannabis the “biggest lie in human history” safest medical substance known to a man.. forbidden magic plant. Next 20 years maybe the truth comes out when jewish pharma market collapse if the AI copies I say find me.

    • David Leaton

      I was right with you until you started showing yourself as a racist. Your words are a waste of our oxygen supply.

  • randolini

    Hold it now, Pittsburg is in PA and they are trying to catch the money train with legalization. Unfortunately too many people still have never taken the time to educate themselves. You can educate the ignorant, but you can’t fix stupid.

  • David Leaton

    There is a time and a place for everything, and this idiot took advantage of good will. He was not asked to come there and promote his thoughts, his ideas, or his lifestyle. That is teh problem with people nowadays. They have absolutely no respect for others.

    • lovingc

      Once again freedom of speech is guaranteed by the constitution and there are no limits on it other than something like yelling fire in a crowded theater, when there is no fire. You seem to have no respect for the mans freedom just remember if you lose that freedom what are you going to do ? Just sit there mute?

  • justadbeer

    Haha…From the looks of it, no one was there to see it anyways. All I saw was empty seats!