Miss iowa Makes her pitch

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

Kather­ine Con­nors, Miss Iowa, threw out the cer­e­mo­nial first toss be­fore Fri­day’s Washin­gotn Na­tion­als game. Her catcher: Washington re­liever Miguel Batista.

On Tues­day, the 39-year-old jour­ney­man pitcher was called upon to re­place in­jured star Stephen Stras­burg at the last minute, and fans booed.

“Imag­ine,” Batista said af­ter the game, “if you go there to see Miss Uni­verse, and you end up hav­ing Miss Iowa — you might get those kind of boos.”

“I love it. I think it’s hi­lar­i­ous,” Con­nors said with a smile shortly af­ter ar­riv­ing at Na­tion­als Park on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Wear­ing a red Na­tion­als jersey and a Miss Iowa sash, Con­nors heaved a pitch high and out­side to Batista.

“A lot of peo­ple are mad about it be­cause some­body’s talk­ing smack about Iowa,” Con­nors said. “You do not talk smack to an Iowan.”

On Wed­nes­day, Batista sent flow­ers and made a phone call to apol­o­gize to Con­nors.

Con­nors is­sued her own chal­lenge to Batista: “I told him I can throw a pitch or two. The ques­tion is, can he walk in my bikini in high heels?”

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Kather­ine Con­nors, Miss Iowa, poses with Washington pitcher Miguel Batista be­fore Fri­day’s game against Philadel­phia.

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