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Robot throws out first pitch at Phillies game

Jordan Brindza pilots a robot from the University of Pennsylvania
Jordan Brindza pilots a robot from the University of Pennsylvania off the field after it threw out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Question: What do Ben Affleck, Rudy Giuliani, Chewbacca and Judge Judy have in common?

They have all thrown out the first pitch of a major league baseball game.

Now it's time to add a new celebrity to the not-so-legendary list: PhillieBot.

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That's the name of the one-armed, three-wheeled robot (created by engineers at the University of Pennsylvania) who threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's Phillies-Brewers game. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the robot's appearance has been in the making for a month and a half and was the headline attraction for the ballpark's Science Day.

So how did PhillieBot fare? Not so great - he bounced the pitch to the Phillie Phanatic, the team's iconic mascot.

Most crowds would probably laugh and gamely applaud the robot's attempt. But Phillies fans are not your typical fans.

You guessed it - PhillieBot was booed.

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