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

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?

RELATED STORY
4 Reasons Why We Should Respect Wiz Khalifa’s Influence on Cannabis Culture

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.