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Mystics’ Charles throws first pitch for Nats-Mets at Citi Field

/ by Matt Weyrich
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Tina Charles

Fresh off her third-straight Olympic run with Team USA to result in a gold medal, Washington Mystics star center and Queens native Tina Charles attended the first game of the New York Mets’ doubleheader Thursday and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Sitting in the other dugout? The Nationals, who were in town for a three-game series. After the pitch, manager Davey Martinez snapped a photo with the former WNBA MVP.

Charles, 32, has been the Mystics’ (8-10) best player this season. She leads the WNBA at 26.3 points per game, which is more than five points higher than second-place Jonquel Jones. The Mystics will welcome her back from the Tokyo Olympic break this weekend with open arms, looking to hold on to the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

But on Thursday, Charles was applauded by fans from her hometown for helping extend Team USA’s run of seven-straight gold medals at the Olympics. A quick photo op with the manager of a fellow D.C. sports team is a nice added bonus.