Rapper Snoop Dogg is known for his raunchy lyrics and sometimes comical antics. On Thursday night, the famed performer headed to the Twins-White Sox game in Chicago, where he was invited to throw out the first pitch before the game. But rather than merely tossing the ball and heading back to the dugout with minimal fanfare, the star decided to strike the Tebow pose in front of the packed audience.
Yahoo! Sports has a recap of the events, complete with pictures and an explanation:
If you’ve forgotten, and it’s hard to imagine you have, Tebowing became a national phenomenon in 2011. New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who made the stance popular during his time playing with the Denver Broncos, often bends down in a prayerful stance during games. His actions (i.e. Tebowing) have been mimicked, mocked and praised incessantly, as The Blaze has reported. Snoop decided to capitalize on the stance’s popularity.
Here’s the complete video coverage of Snoop’s pitch and his subsequent Tebow, below:
While the rapper’s appearance was comical, it does raise some interesting questions. Baseball teams typically choose someone of note to throw out the first pitch during major league games. While Snoop is certainly an individual who is well-known by the masses, his selection is somewhat curious.
With baseball serving as such a family-friendly sport, and considering the many heads of state and prominent individuals who have been heralded and chosen for such a distinction, one wonders if he was an appropriate choice. Consider, for instance, some of his past lyrics and videos (caution: extremely explicit language and themes):
“Step Yo Game Up”
These, of course, are only two examples — and there are many more. But here’s the question: By holding Snoop Dogg up as an individual worthy of throwing out the first pitch, are officials sending the wrong message to young people? Take our poll and let us know, below: