Olympic gymnast Maroney combines first pitch with tumbling pass, scores a 10
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney got creative with her first pitch at the White Sox game on Friday night. The London gold medalist was nervous making her first pitch, so she decided to go with what she knows and added some gymnastics to her time on the mound.
Maroney called this pitch her 'changeup.'
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Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney admitted on her Twitter account that she had a case of the nerves before her first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game on Friday night.
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.
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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: