Swimmer Katie Ledecky visited Nationals Park last night for the Washington Nationals home game since she returned from her 5 medal (4 gold) performance at the Rio Olympics. The Bethesda-native threw out the ceremonial first pitch with Bryce Harper standing by her side, holding her medals.
— Katie Ledecky (@katieledecky) August 25, 2016
Ledecky joined the TV booth in the third inning to talk about it as well.
This wasn’t her visit to Nationals Park. In 2014, she threw out the first pitch before NLDS Game 1.
Okay, so the results of those games haven’t been great, but that’s not on her. Last night, she do throw a strike (The Post) or at least close enough for Dave Jageler to have a strong opinion.
In 2012 though, she threw out the first pitch and the Nats went on to clinch the first winning season for D.C. baseball since 1969 with a win over the Chicago Cubs.
Ledecky also played in a celebrity vs. Wounded Warriors softball game in 2013 (DC Sports Bog, The Post)
Noted DC Sports sentimentalist @bogcommenter made another observation:
Someone pointed this out: she was 8 when team came here. A first generation Natskid. https://t.co/lYIrrCRxPt
— InternetContrarian(@bogcommenter) August 24, 2016
Ah, the passage of time. This is the 12th season since baseball returned to the District and we’re to the point where people old enough to vote don’t remember life before them.
If you’d rather watch her swim than throw out ceremonial first pitches, go right ahead.
Katie Ledecky’s First Pitch Ruled – The Nats Blog