Kristi Yamaguchi Avoids SportsCenter Ridicule with Dodgers Pitch
"I had this fear of making fun of me on SportsCenter," Yamaguchi told PEOPLE. "I mean it's Dodger stadium. I was saying, please just make it to the plate."
Despite finding herself even further from the plate than she wanted to be for the real thing, the Dodger blue-clad Yamaguchi leaned back and threw a floater which made its way to the catcher. Always her hardest critic, she scored herself a 7. "I got it to the catcher, he didn't have to dive for it. It wasn't a strike but it was over the plate."
Says her husband, hockey star Bret Hedican: "She made me proud."
Yamaguchi had no time to rest on her laurels. After taking a congratulatory call from her proud mother, she left the Dodgers game early to hit the practice studio for a late night session with dance partner Mark Ballas.--Bryan Alexander Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers
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