Video: Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Natalia Throws Out Dodgers’ Ceremonial 1st Pitch

Video: Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Natalia Throws Out Dodgers’ Ceremonial 1st Pitch
Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 2, 2023

Natalia Bryant speaks during a ceremony honoring her late father, professional NBA player Kobe Bryant, by permanently placing his hand and footprints in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Natalia Bryant, who is the oldest daughter of late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday evening’s game between the host L.A. Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.

Good News Radio co-owner Mykell Mathieu provided video.

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Natalia Bryant throws out the first pitch

The 20-year-old USC student’s first pitch took place during the Dodgers’ annual “Lakers Night” in which the team paid homage to the 17-time NBA champions.

Natalia’s mother, Vanessa, and sisters Bianka and Capri were also honored and cheered by the Dodger Stadium fans before the game:

Mykell Mathieu @MykellthePG

The Bryant’s are here as the Dodgers honor the late great Kobe Bryant@MLBbrodotcom #LakeShow

In addition, the Dodgers announced a $100,000 donation to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, per Nitecast Media founder Nick Hamilton.

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Vanessa Bryant &her daughters Natalia, Capri and Bianca arrive at Dodger Stadium along w/ Dodgers Pres bStan Kasten & Mookie Betts present a $100K check for the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

Then Natalia throws out first pitch

(🎥: @NitecastMedia )

The Dodgers honor the Lakers every year, but the team placed the spotlight on the five-time NBA champion in particular Friday, notably giving away a Lakers Night jersey with Bryant’s old No. 8 on the front and his last name and No. 24 on the back to any fans who purchased a special event ticket package.

MLB Life @MLBLife

The Dodgers are giving away this exclusive Kobe Bryant jersey for Lakers Night on September 1st 👀

Numerous Dodger players, including Mookie Betts and Jason Heyward, also honored Bryant prior to the game.

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Reppin’ Kobe for Lakers Night.

Nick Hamilton @NickHamilton213

Jason Heyward and Mookie Betts hit the field in Kobe Bryant jerseys on @Lakers nite #HereToPlay #Lakeshow

Natalia spoke about her father in March, when he was honored in a handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

“Being his daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life, and I hope to continue to embody and cherish the many lessons he has taught me,” Natalia said in part about her father, who she also called the “MVP of girl dads.”

Bryant, his second-oldest daughter Gianna Maria-Onore and seven others tragically died in a January 2020 helicopter accident en route to an AAU basketball game.

Natalia’s first pitch follows her father’s from June 27, 2000, just eight days after he helped lead the Lakers to an NBA championship over the Indiana Pacers.

This was also a big night on the diamond as well with the Atlanta-Los Angeles matchup a potential National League Championship Series preview. Atlanta entered the game with an MLB-best 88-45 record, while the Dodgers sit second in the NL with an 83-50 mark.

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