Allison Schmitt, a four-time Olympian and 10-time medalist for the United States, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the last game of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ season.
— Octagon Olympics & Action Sports (@OctagonOAS) October 4, 2021
Allison Schmitt throwing out the first pitch. The swimming side of me is very happy right now pic.twitter.com/BI6tp8T5Qj
— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) October 3, 2021
The 31-year-old Schmitt has trained under Bob Bowman at Arizona State University in Tempe since before the 2016 Olympics. Chase Field, the Diamondbacks’ home, is located about 10 miles away, in Phoenix.
Schmitt’s close friend and former teammate Michael Phelps threw out the first pitch at a Diamondbacks game in 2018 (complete with his signature warmup). A number of other Olympic swimmers have thrown out first pitches in recent years, including Penny Oleksiak, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Murphy, and Zach Apple.
It appears Phelps may have also been at Chase Field on Sunday with Schmitt — at least, two of his sons were.
Ledecky also attended the Washington Nationals’ last home game over the weekend, showing off her Tokyo hardware, but does not appear to have thrown out another first pitch.
— Katie Ledecky (@katieledecky) October 3, 2021