Desiree Davila Getting Celebrity Treatment
She's now tossing out first pitches at baseball games.
She’s now tossing out first pitches at baseball games.
How many marathoners get invited to throw out the first pitch at a Major League baseball game?
Isn’t that honor reserved for presidents and rock stars?
Not any more.
At Detroit’s Comercia Park on Tuesday, the women’s second-place Boston Marathon finisher, Desiree Davila, got to throw out the first pitch.
“I’m definitely more nervous for this than I was for the race,” she told her boyfriend, Ryan Linden.
The pitch, tossed to Detroit Tigers catcher Omir Santos, was a down-the-middle one-hopper . The Tigers were hosting the Seattle Mariners. Davila, who finished just two seconds behind Carloline Kilel in Boston, currently runs for Hansons-Brooks. She lives and trains in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Davila was surprised to see that Brooks took out a full-page ad in the Detroit papers congratulating her.
“What Desi did was remarkable,” said coach Keith Hanson. “Everybody’s still talking about it.”
Davila’s finishing time in Boston was 2:22:38. It put her at number three on the all-time U.S. list behind Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuelson.
For More: The Detroit Free Press