Turned out Maroney had decided to liven up the national pastime’s age-old tradition (and reduce that long distance between the mound and the catcher) by adding a gold-medal winning tumbling pass prior to her throw.
The White Sox called it one of their most creative pitches:
We call it a perfect 10, and the opposite of this:
Maroney’s famous ‘not impressed’ face from the 2012 Summer Olympics.
But Maroney’s not the only Olympic athlete adding their sport’s flair to their first pitches. Check out how pairs figure skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay elevated their first pitch effort at a Tampa Bay Rays game on July 28: