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MLB is all about Livvy Dunne hyping Paul Skenes’ Pirates debut

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“POV: You both wake up from a nap and find out he’s in the MLB,” Dunne, 21, captioned the video.

Olivia Dunne posted a TikTok video celebrating boyfriend Paul Skenes being drafted to the Pittsburgh Pirates. TikTok/Olivia Dunne
Olivia Dunne posted a TikTok video celebrating boyfriend Paul Skenes being drafted to the Pittsburgh Pirates. TikTok/Olivia Dunne

She filmed herself dancing while Skenes, who won an NCAA title with the LSU Tigers in 2023, stood in the background.

“Livvy Dunne’s reaction when Paul Skenes was drafted to the Pirates,” the MLB

“Wakey wakey Paul,” the league’s TikTok account commented under Dunne’s post.

In a separate post to her Instagram Story this week, Dunne wrote: “Here we go!” including a video of Skenes – the No. 1 pick in the Pirates’ 2023 MLB draft – in his Pittsburgh uniform.

The Pirates called up the right-hander to the Majors earlier this week for a start in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Olivia Dunne and Paul Skenes at an LSU football game in 2023. Instagram

Skenes, who signed with the Pirates for $9.2 million, started the season as a flamethrower in the minors and pitched in triple figures at Triple-A Indianapolis.

He has 45 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings, along with a 0.99 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes pitches in the fourth inning of a baseball game during spring training against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Florida, March 4, 2024. AP
Paul Skenes of the Pittsburgh Pirates meets with reporters before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 10, 2024. Skenes will make his major league debut against the Cubs on Saturday. AP

As for Dunne?

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is wrapping up her senior year at LSU, where she helped the Lady Tigers gymnastics team win its first-ever championship in program history last month.

The influencer – who has more than 13 million followers across Instagram and TikTok – became a face of the name, image and likeness (NIL) era and reportedly earns seven figures.

LSU Tigers gymnast Olivia Dunne poses with the trophy after the LSU Tigers gymnastics team wins the national championship in the 2024 Womens National Gymnastics Championship at Dickies Arena. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

Dunne has brand deals with Vuori clothing, EA Sports, Body Armor, Grubhub, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters and Bartleby, a growing study app, among others.