If you need more proof that the phrase “Throw like a girl” is outdated, look no further than University of Oklahoma softball junior pitcher Paige Parker.
Parker was practicing last week before throwing the first pitch at the June 20 game the Royals hosted against the Red Sox.
Parker’s pitches were so awesome that they actually sent Royals catcher Drew Butera tumbling backward.
The video of a University of Oklahoma softball player is going viral after she almost knocked down a Kansas City Royals catcher warming up to throw out a first pitch.
“They were pretty shocked about how much my ball moved”, Parker told Sooner Sports. They had some pretty amusing reactions.
Parker is from Independence, Mo., which is not far from Kaufman Stadium, where the Royals play.
Near the video’s end, All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas can be heard marveling at the trajectory of Parker’s rise ball, which has helped her strikeout out 755 against only 439 hits and 172 walks in 679 2/3 innings at Oklahoma.
As you can see, Parker wasn’t too anxious about velocity – she just wanted to throw a strike.
“It was surreal”, she said of the whole experience. “I think it’s like a childhood dream come true to get to meet the players”.