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U.S. curler throws first pitch to wrong catcher (video)

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The U.S. men’s curling team had an inspiring run to gold in PyeongChang. Collectively, their ceremonial first pitches at the Minnesota Twins’ home opener on Thursday were not as impressive.

The five team members lined up in a row from right of the pitcher’s mound to its left. In order: alternate Joe Polo, skip John Shuster, vice skip Tyler George, second Matt Hamilton and lead John Landsteiner.

Polo was fine. He threw a strike. Now, for everyone else:

Shuster airmailed his, but it looked worse because his catcher had to duck out of the way of George’s errant throw that went to the wrong Twins player. Hamilton didn’t risk bodily harm, rolling his ball along the grass like a curling stone. Landsteiner threw a floater.

All team members are from Minnesota except Hamilton, who is from Wisconsin. Shuster attended Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.

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Curler Matt Hamilton gets his own bobblehead

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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is producing what it says is the first curling bobblehead, of U.S. Olympic champion Matt Hamilton.

Hamilton was part of skip John Shuster‘s team that earned surprise gold in PyeongChang, winning its last five games after a 2-4 start for the first U.S. Olympic title in the sport.

Hamilton also competed in the first Olympic mixed doubles tournament with sister Becca Hamilton.

The bobblehead, whose design hasn’t been finalized yet but is available for preorder here, is expected to ship in June.

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Curlers Matt Hamilton and John Morris share a “broomstacking” drink

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Even though the United States’ mixed doubles curling team was eliminated from medal contention Friday, that doesn’t mean team members Matt and Becca Hamilton can’t still enjoy their time in PyeongChang.

Matt Hamilton met up with Canadian mixed doubles curler John Morris for what appears to be the age old curling tradition of “broomstacking.”

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Morris posted a photo on Instagram of him and Hamilton with their arms around each other holding beers (Molson, because he is Canadian of course).

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