- - Thursday, July 25, 2019

World Cup star Ali Krieger went from the soccer pitch to throwing a pitch Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Krieger threw a ceremonial first pitch strike from the rubber to Nationals catcher Yan Gomes, who was not in the starting lineup for the late afternoon series finale against the Colorado Rockies.

Krieger met Nationals manager Dave Martinez and some of his players before the game.

“It’s awesome. I am a big fan,” said Martinez, whose team watched the U.S. Women’s World Cup games on television in the clubhouse.

Krieger grew up in Northern Virginia, went to Hylton High School in Prince William County and played in college at Penn State.



She said in a press conference she grew up as an Orioles fan as her father was from Aberdeen, Maryland — hometown of Orioles’ Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Krieger, who plays professionally for the Orlando Pride, said her aunt once dated Ripken. She is now a fan of the Nationals, who moved to Washington in 2005.

“I am so excited,” she said before throwing the first pitch. “I have been a huge D.C. sports fan my entire life.”

A reporter pointed out that Krieger was not very far from the White House while at Nationals Park.

“We don’t talk about that,” she said.

Krieger told reporters earlier this month that President Trump “doesn’t deserve” her respect.

The Pride play on the road at the Washington Spirit on Aug. 24.

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