SAN FRANCISCO — Cameras flashed, the crowd rose for a thunderous ovation and Mo’ne Davis did exactly what she was expected to do — fire a strike right down the middle.
From Little League phenom to the star of her own commercial to World Series celebrity, the 13-year-old Davis has been on quite a ride these past few months.
She continued her remarkable journey on the biggest baseball stage of all when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
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"Just to be at the World Series is pretty cool," Davis said. "If I didn’t throw a strike, I don’t know what I would do. Throwing a strike was probably the best part."
On a night when the attention of the sports world was focused on AT&T Park, Davis managed to stand out.
She paused to take photographs with fans, munched on a vanilla-and-chocolate sundae in the press box and managed to squeeze in some face time with Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson.
The eighth grader even got a phone call from her favorite player, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.
"I think that tops it all," Davis said with a grin.