Simone Biles kicked off Game 2 of the World Series in a way that only she could.
Biles - the four-time Olympic gold medalist and Houston-area native - threw out the first pitch in Game 2 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night.
And she added her own special move to the throw.
Biles is fresh off picking up her 24th and 25th World Championship medals earlier this month in Germany, breaking the record for total medals set by Belarus’ Vitaly Scherbo in the 1990s.
She’s now preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer, where she’ll attempt to add even more accolades to her already historic athletic career.
While she’s no stranger to success and has thrown out a first pitch before - Biles broke out a similar move for an Astros game in 2016 before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - the 22-year-old was still a bit nervous taking the mound on Wednesday night.
“Gymnastics is the only sport I’ve ever done, so when it comes to anything else, I’m literally terrified,” Biles said before the pitch, via NBC Sports.
“So I get more nervous doing this stuff than competing, which is really weird. So, yeah, hopefully I don’t end up on celebrity fails.”
Clearly, she had nothing to worry about, with social media erupting over the flipping-awesome trick.
Simone Biles just did a casual flip and threw a near-strike in front of 40,000 people so like Olympians are just like us or something.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 24, 2019
Nah, Simone Biles not from this planet honestly https://t.co/kbFlJzUxed— Felix J. (@TwoSmooth2) October 24, 2019
Seeing baseball writers using terms like twisting backflip, back flip twist trying to describe what Simone Biles did for the first pitch instead of the actual name makes me happy. 2 of my favorite things in one moment. “Absurd flip thing” was my favorite. 😂— megan (@megannn_elise) October 24, 2019
i can barely get leggings on without falling over and here’s simone biles casually doing an insane backflip in a jersey and jeans 🐐🐐🐐 https://t.co/TR3LRDllE8— a person on the internet (@tay_fult) October 24, 2019
Simone Biles just did a ninja flip in jeans— rick (@PlunkettPrime) October 24, 2019
Meanwhile, I dream of 👇🏻 https://t.co/e1j36tEdmv
Simone Biles stay winning— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) October 24, 2019
via PatDStat pic.twitter.com/H0ZTfr2Z2V
She’s the best ❤️— elatticus 🎃 (@elatticus) October 24, 2019
What can't she do?! 🤸♀️⚾️— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 24, 2019
Simone Biles with the twisting backflip AND a pitch down the middle. pic.twitter.com/9yOSkfOWyE
Fan photo infuriates baseball world
A young man sitting in $5000 seats at Game 1 has infuriated America after he was snapped playing a game on his phone instead of watching the action on the field.
The youngster had incredible front-row seats on Tuesday, however he didn’t seem to realise the gravity of the situation.
Sitting in seats that any baseball fan would die to have, the young man was spotted playing on his phone rather than watching the game.
American sports betting expert Darren Rovell tweeted the image, writing: Astros Hat: $25, Alex Bregman Jersey: $125. Front row World Series ticket: $5000, Getting to the next level in a video game: Priceless!”
Astros Hat: $25— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 23, 2019
Alex Bregman Jersey: $125
Front row World Series ticket: $5000
Getting to the next level in a video game: Priceless! pic.twitter.com/Pws2qvZdDj
The boy was playing popular game Clash Royale, with the game’s official Twitter account tweeting: “When Clash Royale is life.”
Social media users were less than impressed by the photo, with the vast majority pretty taken aback.
How long I’d give up my phone for his seat! Breaks my heart!— Shane Sanderson (@coachsanderson) October 23, 2019
This is painful. I’d kill to go to a World Series, regardless of the matchup :/— Wiffleball Tony 🇺🇸⚾️🏈🏒 (@Cardinalfan9633) October 23, 2019
This makes me mad🙃— Adam Stenson (@Adam5Stenson) October 23, 2019