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Padres-Royals first pitch: Cirque du Soleil performer does 360-degree backflip, throws strike

The San Diego Padres hosted Cirque du Soleil performers at PETCO Park Monday for their interleague game against the Kansas City Royals.

Decked out in a vibrant costume, Gabryel Nogueira da Silva threw out a gravity-defying first pitch that should have John Wall signing up for tee-ball tryouts following his hideous one-hopper at Nats Park.

Watch as da Silva performs a 360-degree backflip on the mound...and then throws a strike for what has to be the best ceremonial first pitch ever.

Dirk Nowitzki should also be taking notes.

Da Silva might have left a bit of magic on the mound as Padres starter Mat Latos earned his first victory in four starts in a 4-3 win for the home team.

Keep reading for some of the worst ceremonial first pitches of all time...

Pop icon Justin Bieber was juuuuust a bit high and outside with this his lollypop first pitch before a Chicago White Sox game.

John Wall can take some solice in watching Mariah Carey’s grounder to the plate before a game in Japan in 2008.

American Olympic gymnast and 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson also needs to work on her release point.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory was ejected for this disastrous first pitch.

And then there’s this guy...

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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