10-year-old Alexa Cardona became a local celebrity last month after nailing a politician in the head with a water balloon during the July Fourth parade. The politician, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, took the viral moment in stride and joined Cardona at a Yankee game on Tuesday.
And members of the Bronx Bombers were excited to meet her.
From Fox News:
Cardona, a rising fifth grader from Franklin Square, New York, attended batting practice with the Yankees in part due to the sense of humor of Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, who she pelted with the water balloon from some 100 feet away. The viral video of the moment has since been viewed more than 40 million times across social media platforms.
Familiar with the clip, Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader asked Blakeman, “That was you?” admitting a common misconception that could explain the video’s massive viewership online: “I thought it was Mike Pence.”
Watching the video back on a cell phone, Bader erupted in laughter from the Bronx stadium, agreeing that Blakeman took the caught-on-camera water balloon pelting “like a man.”
“That was you? Good throw,” Bader told Cardona, giving her a high-five on the field Tuesday.
“Where’d you learn that?” Bader asked the girl. “You play softball? Very impressive.”
“Everybody thought that was Pence,” Blakeman, who like the former vice president, also has white-gray tresses of hair, affirmed to Bader. “That was me that got hit.”
Sean Casey, who spent the past 15 baseball seasons as an MLB studio analyst before the Yankees hired him as a hitting coach in June, even joked that Cardona should be recruited to the team in pinstripes.
Breaking out in chuckles when shown the video, Casey remarked, “Was that your arm?”
Watch Cardona meet the Yanks above.
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