Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky handed her Olympic medals to Bryce Harper before throwing out the opening pitch at Nationals Park in August.
SANTA CLARA — Olympic sensation Katie Ledecky wasn’t happy when seeing Washington Nationals Bryce Harper get beaned by Giants reliever Hunter Strickland.
So the Stanford freshman from Maryland tweeted about it.
“I thought it was so funny it all happened in San Francisco,” Ledecky said. “I couldn’t help myself.”
On Monday afternoon, the Nationals’ star and Giants reliever had a dustup on the mound after the incident at AT&T Park. The pitch in question appeared to be retaliation for Harper’s two home runs against Strickland in the 2014 playoffs.
Ledecky, who met Harper after the Rio Games, posted, “@Bharper3407, if you end up suspended, come on down to Palo Alto and hang out at the pool for a day!”
Harper got a three-game suspension but never made it to the Avery Aquatics Center. Stanford swim coach Greg Meehan was relieved the baseball star didn’t swing by.
“I was half expecting, half worrying,” he said. “What do I do if Bryce shows up?”
Ledecky, who will swim the 200 meters Saturday at the Arena Pro Series at Santa Clara, wasn’t expecting anything from “a harmless funny tweet. It kind of got blown up more than I expected.”
Like many devoted Nationals fans, though, Ledecky didn’t appreciate Strickland’s actions.
“That pitch, I’m not going to comment too much on it,” she said. “I don’t think anybody in D.C. liked to see that. Knowing him I think he will come back from the suspension and be hitting home runs.”
Ledecky met Harper when throwing out the first pitch at a Washington game after winning four gold medals and a silver at the Summer Olympics. She handed the medals to Harper during the ceremony and also gave him some swim caps. He wore a cap during a clubhouse celebration after Washington clinched the National League East.