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Miss Iowa Katherine Connors coming to Nationals Park

The strange saga between Miguel Batista and Miss Iowa, a.k.a Katherine Connors, will add another chapter Friday tonight when, apparently, Connors will come to Nationals Park and throw out the first pitch. At about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Connors sent the following Tweet on her @MissIAusa account:

It's official - headed to Washington DC to throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game tomorrow night!!!

The odd union between Batista and Connors began Tuesday night, when Batista unexpectedly replaced Stephen Strasburg to a chorus of boos and after explained his reaction thusly:

"Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa, you might get those kind of boos," Batista said. "But it's okay. They have to understand that as an organization we have to make sure that the kid is fine. You don't want to expose him out there and screw up his future."

The next day, Connors challenged Batista to walk down a runway in high heels and declared she could "throw a pitch or two!" Batista explained his quote was misinterpreted and sent Connors flowers. Connors hopes that Batista will catch her pitch tomorrow.

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 29, 2010; 2:49 PM ET
 
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Comments

I hope Conners will catch my pitch tomorrow!

Posted by: SkinsOsHokies | July 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think someone on MLB Network recommended this last night. Free publicity for both Nats and Miss Iowa.

They should have her wear the Elvis wig after the game.

Posted by: KenNat | July 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good call on the Elvis wig!

Posted by: dfh21 | July 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

She's smokin' too: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/extramustard/hotclicks/07/29/katherine-connors-fan-ejected-from-indians-game-for-wearing-lebron-james-heat-jersey/index.html

Posted by: mbm1 | July 29, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

As long as we don't have to see Batista in a bikini - or an evening gown for that matter.

Posted by: comish4lif | July 29, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

It's a great idea, she is smoke'n!

Posted by: Hattrik | July 29, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Great story. She is getting so much publicity over this and she sooooo hot!!!

Posted by: skinsnatscapsterps | July 29, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Katherine Connors can play SS?

Posted by: dfh21 | July 29, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Great story. She is getting so much publicity over this and she sooooo hot!!!

Posted by: skinsnatscapsterps | July 29, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This is well played all around and a nice story. I wish she was at Sunday's game so I can give them some applause.

Posted by: Handsome_John_Pruitt | July 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Too bad it is a game against the Phillies where she will be booed. I hope someone explains that to her.

Great story. Good sports all around.

Posted by: summerandwinter | July 29, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

This is great! Funny stuff!

Posted by: charley42 | July 29, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Will Batista bring wearing high heeled spikes?

Posted by: Natmeister | July 29, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

But they've been running radio ads the last few days that say Captain Morgan is throwing the first pitch tomorrow.

Posted by: Cosmo06 | July 29, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

But they've been running radio ads the last few days that say Captain Morgan is throwing the first pitch tomorrow.

Posted by: Cosmo06
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If the cheap-@ss Lerners substitute some corn pone from Iowa to throw out the first pitch, then I and everyone else who bought a ticket specifically to see Capt. Morgan should get a full refund and free tickets to another game. And maybe a pony, too.

Posted by: js_edit | July 29, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

And if her first pitch is a strike the Nats will name her the probable starter for Sunday's game.* Plus, wouldn't it make more sense to have Captain Morgan throw out the first pitch on Saturday, on Nyjer Morgan bobblehead night?


* subject to change

Posted by: jfoust | July 29, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Be a great time for her to bolt from the stands and block George, Abe and Thomas so Teddy could get win #1!!! Now that would make it a special night.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 29, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Batista must be a baseball PUA ... great pickup move dude!

Posted by: periculum | July 29, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

If she wears that leopard-print bikini, she can throw out the first pitch every game as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | July 29, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Batista is a published poet.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | July 29, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This is why I love baseball! Hope she came with the Matt Capp deal!

Posted by: JohnWWW | July 29, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope Conners will catch my pitch tomorrow!

Posted by: SkinsOsHokies | July 29, 2010 3:06 PM

HAHAHAHA fantastic first post SkinsOsHokies...i hope for the same!! HAHAHA

Posted by: kickass10101 | July 30, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

So, tell me Stan. How you gonna explain all the booing the a-hole fans that you invited from Philadelphia will heap upon Miss Iowa ?

Posted by: mitlen | July 30, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Batista had it backwards. What if they came to see Miss Iowa and got Miss Universe instead?

Posted by: johncf | July 30, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

we all understand his point, but surprisingly she's not bad for Iowa. Ms Universe still has her beat.

Posted by: oknow1 | July 30, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

mbm1

As Greasman use to say, OOOOOOOOOOOHHH that ish nice!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | July 30, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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