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.
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