MLB says Livvy Dunne has entered ‘WAG era’ after Paul Skenes’ debut for Pirates


A brand new period entered Pittsburgh on Saturday, and it wasn’t simply Paul Skenes making a nice debut for the Pirates

His girlfriend, social media sensation and LSU gymnast Olivia “Livvy” Dunne, additionally entered her “WAG period,” which stands for “wives and girlfriends.” 

MLB puffed up Dunne’s arrival to PNC Park on Saturday simply as a lot as Skenes with a submit on the league’s TikTok web page, displaying Dunne’s pleasure for her boyfriend’s debut in an interview with SportsNet Pittsburgh. 

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LSU gymnast Olivia Dunn is proven on the sector after her boyfriend, Pittsburgh Pirates beginning pitcher Paul Skenes, made his main league debut towards the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Pirates gained 10-8. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports activities)

MLB captioned the submit, “Livvy Dunne coming into her MLB WAG period.”

“I at all times say, it’s means tougher to be the individual within the stands watching as a result of I’m not in management,” Dunne mentioned within the submit. “I can’t management — I don’t know how one can throw a 100 mile (per hour) fastball, but it surely’s exhausting to haven’t any management. Particularly with gymnastics whenever you’re simply watching. However I do know he’s acquired this and I simply have a whole lot of confidence in him.”

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The sports activities world noticed what the NFL did with pop star Taylor Swift when her relationship with Kansas Metropolis Chiefs celebrity tight finish Travis Kelce went public. And whereas Dunne’s reputation isn’t even near Swift’s, MLB could be taking a page out of the NFL’s ebook and lean into interesting to a brand new demographic.

Dunne, who’s coming off an NCAA nationwide championship with LSU’s gymnastics staff, is likely one of the nation’s highest-paid NIL athletes in school sports activities. She has greater than 13.3 million followers between TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, they usually’ve all been watching her pages carefully to see if there have been any hints to Skenes getting referred to as up.

Skenes, the No. 1 general choose in final 12 months’s MLB Draft out of LSU, was dominating Triple-A Indianapolis over his first seven begins this season. Due to that, Pirates followers have been clamoring for the entrance workplace to make the decision to convey him to the bigs. 

Olivia Dunne watches Pirates game

Olivia Dunne watches as her boyfriend, Paul Skenes of the Pittsburgh Pirates, makes his main league debut throughout the recreation towards the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Might 11, 2024. (Justin Berl/Getty Photographs)

The decision was lastly made this previous week, with Dunne revealing that they’d simply awakened from a nap to missed calls from the Pirates saying he wanted to pack his stuff and head to Pittsburgh. 

Skenes’ long-awaited debut actually had greater than Dunne nervous as Pirates followers packed PNC Park to look at him face the Chicago Cubs. He didn’t disappoint, hanging out his first two batters with a fastball that topped out at 102 mph on the day. Skenes would hit 100 mph together with his heater 17 instances complete all through the 4 innings he pitched. 

“I’ve so many wonderful recollections with him, however I understand how exhausting he has labored for this second,” Dunne mentioned within the interview. “Severely, there’s nothing that may prime this. I’m simply so proud.”

Paul Skenes and Olivia Dunne pose on PNC Park field

Paul Skenes and Olivia Dunn are after he made his main league debut on Might 11, 2024. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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So long as Skenes stays in MLB, Dunne can be proper there supporting him. So, don’t be shocked to see extra Dunne content material from the league’s socials coming our means.

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