Insecure grade-schoolers nationwide know the phrase well: "You throw like a girl!"
At some point throughout our history, this became an insult. But the recess-hour bullies need to listen up: When the girl is Olympic gold medalist and Dallas native Madison Kocian, the unoriginal exclamation is rather high praise.
For someone not trained in the practice, pitching a baseball isn't easy. One must throw a 9.5-ounce combination of cork, yarn and canvas over an 18-inch-wide piece of rubber, hitting a glove that's even narrower than that, from 60 feet and six inches away.
But Kocian -- who likely doesn't dedicate much time to honing her baseball skills -- did it with grace before the Texas Rangers' Saturday afternoon game at Globe Life Park.
Now, she didn't step up on the mound. But what she sacrificed in distance, she made up with an impressive handstand and tumble before grabbing the ball and tossing a perfect strike to Rangers manager Jeff Banister.
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To recap: She went parallel to the ground, upside down and backward before focusing back on the target and nailing the center of the strike zone.
Yeah, I'd like to be able to throw like that girl.
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