That’s swimming phenom and Bethesda native Katie Ledecky with an invitation to join her by the Stanford pool. Ledecky is finishing up her freshman year in Palo Alto, Calif., and is training for the upcoming U.S. world championship trials, which begin June 27 in Indianapolis. But that doesn’t mean she couldn’t play host to a fellow young star with whom she is well acquainted, right?
Ledecky first met Harper when she threw out the first pitch at Nationals Park following her 2012 gold medal performance at the London Olympics. She has since thrown out the ceremonial pitch twice more, and during her most recent trip to the mound, she had Harper accompany her to hold her medals — all five of them. And Harper wore Ledecky’s Team USA swim cap during the Nationals’ NL East locker room celebration last season.
Ledecky missed the game Monday (probably busy training), so maybe Harper and Ledecky can catch up this week at Stanford, where she can introduce Harper to her sport. The Nationals will be in the Bay Area through Sunday. They play three games against the Oakland Athletics after the final two of the Giants series, which gives the D.C. duo plenty of time to figure out scheduling.
Just before she extended her invitation to Harper, Ledecky showed off a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor about the fight, to which the Nationals replied.
And Ledecky wasn’t the only Washington athlete chiming in with jokes Monday.
Feeling the D.C. sports love.