But as it turns out, Ledecky threw a pretty darn good pitch, too. Which got us wondering: How did her pitch stack up against some of the best (and worst) ceremonial pitches of all time?
So we pulled this 2014 graphic on ceremonial pitches out of storage, and using the patented Wonkblog Eyeballin' It Method we watched some videos of Ledecky's pitch and placed roughly where her ball ended up on the graphic. Here's how she did.
Ledecky throws a meaner pitch than noted dad-jeans aficionado and 44th president of the United States Barack Obama. Stone Cold Steve Austin can't hold a candle to her. Rapper 50 Cent could probably practice fastballs for the rest of his life and not throw a Ledecky-caliber pitch, if his infamously horrible 2014 pitch is any indication.
So while we can officially rank Ledecky ahead of Snoop Dogg, she's still just a bit behind the all-time great performance of President George W. Bush, whose near-perfect pitch in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks was just the salve a wounded nation needed.
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