Rhythmic Gymnast's Pitch Generates Buzz

Former rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji throws the ceremonial pitch at a baseball game between Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Friday. Former rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji throws the ceremonial pitch at a baseball game between Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Friday.

An acrobatic first pitch at a Korean professional baseball game by former rhythmic gymnast Shin Soo-ji made it onto MLB Network's International Talk show on Monday, much to the surprise of U.S. viewers.

In performing her ceremonial pitch ahead of a game between the Doosan Bears and Samsung Lions at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Friday, Shin executed what is known as a backward illusion turn.

Leaving one foot planted on the ground, she twisted her body around in a full flip before straightening and launching the ball forward -- somehow still managing to throw an accurate pitch.

A video clip showing her flashy delivery was uploaded to MLB.com the following day.

As word spread, the pitch became one of the most-searched keywords over the next two days on local portal sites. The YouTube clip had attracted over 10 million hits as of Tuesday morning.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 10, 2013 11:05 KST