TikTok Superstar Olivia Dunne Enters MLB’s ‘WAG Era’


Renaissance in Pittsburgh as Olivia Dunne Enters “WAG Era”

A new chapter unfolded in Pittsburgh last Saturday, and it wasn’t just because of Paul Skenes’ stellar debut for the Pirates. Social media sensation and LSU gymnast Olivia “Livvy” Dunne made her own grand entrance into the “WAG era,” an acronym that stands for “wives and girlfriends” of athletes.

LA News Center hyped up Dunne’s arrival at PNC Park with an enthusiastic post on its TikTok page, capturing her excitement as she anticipated her boyfriend’s debut in an interview with SportsNet Pittsburgh.

MLB captioned the post, “Livvy Dunne entering her MLB WAG era.”

“I always say, it’s way harder to be the person in the stands watching because I’m not in control,” Dunne remarked in the interview. “I can’t control—I don’t know how to throw a 100 mile (per hour) fastball, but it’s hard to have no control. Especially with gymnastics when you’re just watching. But I know he’s got this and I just have a lot of confidence in him.”

Taking a Page from the NFL

The world of sports has witnessed the impact of famous partners, as seen with the NFL’s embrace of pop star Taylor Swift’s relationship with Kansas City Chiefs’ superstar tight end Travis Kelce.

While Dunne’s popularity may not rival Swift’s, LA News Center speculates that MLB could be following the NFL’s lead in appealing to a broader demographic.

America’s Sweetheart with Millions of Followers

Dunne, a pivotal member of LSU’s NCAA championship-winning gymnastics team, is one of the highest-paid NIL athletes in collegiate sports. Across her social media platforms—TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter—she boasts an impressive following of over 13.3 million.

Her loyal fanbase has been eagerly monitoring her social media channels for any hints of Skenes’ potential call-up to the big leagues.

Skenes Blazing the Trail

Following his first seven dominant starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season, Skenes, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s MLB Draft from LSU, became the focus of fervent calls from Pirates fans to bring their top prospect to the major leagues. The anticipation finally reached a crescendo last week, as Dunne revealed the surprise call from the Pirates during an afternoon nap, urging Skenes to pack his bags for Pittsburgh.

Skenes’ Debut Impresses Bigly

Skenes’ long-awaited debut sent shockwaves through PNC Park, with Pirates fans packing the stadium to witness his clash against the Chicago Cubs. He immediately made a remarkable impact, striking out his first two batters with blazing fastballs that topped an impressive 102 mph.

“I have so many amazing memories with him, but I know how hard he has worked for this moment,” Dunne recounted in her interview. “Seriously, there’s nothing that can top this. I’m just so proud.”

Celebrity Couple Conquers Pittsburgh

Skenes’ electric performance and Dunne’s supportive presence have taken Pittsburgh by storm. The sight of the popular gymnast cheering on her boyfriend has captured the hearts of Pirates fans.

LA News Center predicts that as long as Skenes remains in the MLB, Dunne will undoubtedly continue to cheer him on from the sidelines. Fans can expect to see more of the celebrity couple’s antics and the league’s newfound interest in reaching a larger audience through social media and pop culture.