Fresh off winning her second Women of Honor World Championship at G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, Kelly Klein threw out the first pitch at Thursday’s Cincinnati Reds against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ballpark.
“I remember sitting all the way up as high as you could go at Riverfront Stadium with my brother and sister, my dad, and his dad, Grandpa Klein. Today, I stood right down in the middle of the field,” Klein told ROHWrestling.com while reflecting on her accomplishment and the ties to her local team.
Adorned in a Reds’ jersey with “GATEKEEPER” and the number 2X on the back, reflective of her history making victory at The World’s Most Famous Arena over Mayu Iwatani, Klein threw a strike to her brother Keith, who both encouraged her love for sports like baseball and softball and also taught Klein an inside cradle when she was five years old. And the strike should come as no surprise to anyone that knows Klein well: the two-time World Champion played softball at Webster University and coached at the high school level for Eaton High and Roger Bacon High School in Ohio.
Klein’s First Pitch marks the first time a Women of Honor World Champion has thrown a first pitch at a Major League ballpark, joining former World Champions Jay Lethal and Christopher Daniels as ROH stars who have also accomplished the feat. But this was extra special for Klein, who is a native to the Cincinnati area.
“I grew up attending games at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field and then later at Great American Ballpark. To be invited to step on the field and throw out the first pitch with my friends, family, and fans all around me was incredible,” Klein told ROHWrestling.com.
“Some of the best things about wrestling are the opportunities and experiences outside of the ring. I got the chance to meet some fans today including Mr. Redlegs. It is such an honor to represent my hometown,” the World Champion concluded.