Chrissy Teigen Is the Best Model to Ever Throw Out a First Pitch
The Sports Illustrated cover star threw out a slightly tipsy first pitch at a Dodgers game Tuesday night
It’s safe to say that no celebrity has ever thrown out a first pitch quite like Chrissy Teigen.
Her secret? Probably the large number of margaritas she downed before the game.
Wearing a #40 jersey with the name “Nugz” on the back – a reference, she said, to her favorite drunk food, a 40-pack of Chicken McNuggets – Teigen threw a slow sweeping curve that made it all the way to home plate. Afterward, she celebrated by hugging catcher Drew Butera, then rolling around on the ground in jubilation.
Though she was likely the most overjoyed by the experience, Teigen’s not the first model to take the pitcher’s mound in a major league game. Revisit her colleague’s pitches below.
Teigen’s fellow Swimsuit Issue alum is only 813 games shy of breaking Cy Young’s record for most career starts; two years before this San Francisco Giants game, Miller threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game as well.
Baseball isn’t huge in her native Netherlands, so Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes deserves credit for trying her hand at the sport during a Toronto Blue Jays game in 2011. Even more impressive? She had just given birth a few short months earlier.
When she’s not allegedly inspiring celebrity scuffles in Ibiza, Miranda Kerr travels the globe as a pitch-throwing superstar. In 2013, the Victoria’s Secret Angel threw out the first pitch at the KBO Championship game (Korean baseball’s equivalent of the World Series), her ball landing juuuust outside the plate.
Gisele‘s pitch at Fenway Park in May 2004 was a fateful omen, in more ways than one. The Red Sox broke their 86-year World Series drought at the end of the season, and, in a turn of events likely more important to Bündchen, the Brazilian supermodel began dating Boston sports hero Tom Brady two years later.
Skokie’s own Erin Heatherton threw out the first pitch for her hometown Chicago Cubs in May 2011. The video of the occasion cuts off home plate, but judging from Heatherton’s reaction, her three-seam cutter landed perfectly in the strike zone.
Most supermodels throw out the first pitch in spring or the summer. For the playoffs, they bring out the big guns – like modeling legend Kathy Ireland, who threw out the first pitch during the L.A . Dodgers’ Division Series matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals. Whatever good luck Ireland gave the team worked, at least for a while; the Dodgers swept the Cardinals, before losing to the Phillies in the NLCS.