Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Swimming stars Hoff and Durden throw first pitches for A’s and Rays

  31 Jared Anderson | April 20th, 2014 | College, Lifestyle, News, Pac-12

Well-known faces in the swimming community are making appearances on the diamond this week, with a pair of swimming celebs throwing out first pitches at Major League Baseball games.

Sunday afternoon, Olympic medalist Katie Hoff threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays in their game against the New York Yankees.

Hoff is slated to make the first major step of her comeback this week as she competes at the Mesa Grand Prix. But in spite of a first pitch and a big-time swim meet, Hoff will likely remember this week for something else.

After throwing out that opening pitch, Hoff was surprised by her boyfriend Todd Anderson, who was waiting for her at home plate with a pressing question. Anderson proposed to the multi-time Olympic medalist, and Hoff said yes. (You find USA Today’s coverage of the proceedings here.)


On Tuesday on the other side of the country, California Golden Bears men’s head swimming coach David Durden will warm up his arm, tossing out the opening pitch for the Oakland Athletics in their game against the Texas Rangers. Durden will represent the entire Cal men’s swimming and diving program, which won its third NCAA title in four years last month.

There’s certainly some symbolism there, given the A’s are facing Texas on Tuesday. Cal beat the Texas Longhorns for that NCAA title just as they did in 2011 and 2012, and the year before that, Texas topped the Bears for the NCAA crown. That’s prompted us at SwimSwam to ask the question of if college swimming now has its new iconic team rivalry, a possibility the Oakland Athletics certainly seem to be picking up on.

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She’s a lefty! Learn something new every day…
Congrats Katie! And Todd!

Awful throwing motion… 🙂

I’m so happy to see Katie back in the water. Hopefully she has a refreshed mind and a refreshed body to surprise us again. She’s only 24!
The 200 IM is very open in USA now. She can do it.
And I always have my 4X200 free relay dream team in mind with Missy Franklin, Katie Hoff, Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt.


These ladies are all wonderful, but it would make me so happy to see Dagny on this relay. Don’t know if she has decided yet to come back or not, but if she does I’m rooting for her!

Me too!

I would be also very happy to see Dagny Knutson come back.
Hopefully. Hopefully.

All swimming at their best, that 4×200 free line up will destroy and pulverize the WR.


U are right on this ; It’s time to see that ridiculous chinese WR go down . why ? Because the chinese never replicated anything close since than . The Usa or Australia have both the potential to destroy that WR .

And because AMERICA

I estimate that would be 1:54.5/1:55.5/1:54.9/1:53.2 for a 7:38.1!

Her fiance looks huge, like he’s on roid or something

He was a former fullback in the NFL… generally they are built just like this guy. Maybe pound for pound the strongest guys on the field.

Fact: Everyone who is “big” is on steroids.

The NFL, and football in general, is notoriously riddled with steroids… Your logic is not sound. This is not saying that he is or isn’t on steroids.

Was commenting on the being huge part. Not looking to get involved in an internet detective conversation about who is or isn’t on steroids based on pictures.

He’s not trying to say the guy is or isn’t, because we have no way of knowing. I mean, he could be on roids or he could be clean. Hulk wasn’t trying to answer that question because that’s unfair speculation. All he did was give an explanation that would legitimately explain why her fiancee is so muscular.


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Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every …

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