Katie Ledecky may have returned from the Rio Summer Olympics with four gold medals and one silver, but she’s not just an amazing swimmer — she can also throw a mean fastball.
On Wednesday night, she was invited to throw out the opening pitch for the Washington Nationals, her hometown baseball team in Washinton, DC. She didn’t come empty-handed, however, as she brought her medals along with her.
Since it’s difficult for even an Olympian like Ledecky to throw a fastball with five medals draped around her neck, she allowed Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper to hold them for her as she threw out the pitch.
Ledecky posted a victorious looking photo on Instagram, where Harper seemed thrilled to be in the presence of Olympic gold:
Ledecky also called Harper, a recipient of the National League Most Valuable Player Award, the “Most Valuable Medal Holder.”
“What a gold’s! Was a pleasure holding something so valuable and important to this great country. 2020 Olympics here I come, I need to get 1 of my own so I don’t have to just hold Katie’s!” Harper wrote on his own Instagram account.
Meanwhile, people are eating this moment up:
When you have too many Olympic medals so you have to ask the MVP to hold them while you throw out the first pitch. pic.twitter.com/m6w8l02m5n
— CSN Nationals (@CSNNationals) August 24, 2016
“Hey Bryce, can you hold this gold medal for sec? Cool. Oh, and this one? Thanks. Wait, got a couple more here.” https://t.co/xrJiOgKbjU
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) August 25, 2016
Katie Ledecky is at Nats Park w/ all her medals. Before throwing her 1st pitch, she took them off 1 by 1 and hung them on Bryce Harper. Boss
— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) August 24, 2016
Talk about the ultimate power move.
Naturally, she threw a strike. Watch the clip below:
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