Nun throws perfect first pitch at White Sox-Royals game
Sister Mary Jo Sobiek threw the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox played the Kansas City Royals and stole sports fans’ hearts across the United States of America.A YouTube video uploaded by MLB shows the Sister executing the perfect pitch before the game between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals began at the Guaranteed Rate Field baseball park in Chicago on August 18, 2018.
The video starts off with Sister Mary showing off a smart arm-bounce move before she threw a strike after which she hammed it up for the crowd with a lot of confidence.
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Sister Mary Jo Sobiek has now become an internet sensation after her clip of throwing the pitch at the game went viral and received a lot of love from netizens across the country.
Sister Mary, a nun from the Marian Catholic School, was chosen for the official first pitch, which is a longstanding ritual of baseball in which a guest of honor is selected, and he/she throws a ball to signal the end of the pre-game festivities and the beginning of the game.
Her performance at the field was delightful because she executed a stunning pitch and treated the spectators with a smooth move as she spun that ball on her inner elbow.
Sister Mary then went on to throw a perfect strike to Lucas Giolito, White Sox pitcher, according to MLB.com. The nun's moves were so impressive that Giolito, who caught her pitch, called them amazing.
"That was awesome. She had a whole routine. She had it planned out. I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch."
Lucas Giolito, MLB.com, August 18, 2018.
Sister Mary impressed not only the players but also the team staff. White Sox manager Rick Renteria also acknowledged that she was quite good, adding that he had seen the nun practicing before her big moment.
"She had a mitt and a ball. She stepped back at about 45 feet and threw a bullet. I'm like, ‘Wait a minute.’”
When Renteria threw the ball back to Sister Mary, and she fielded it without wearing the mitt, he was sure that she could play pretty good baseball.
Renteria later found out that Sister Mary used to play short and center in softball and asked her if she would be okay with playing for the team, to which the nun happily agreed.
Unfortunately for Sister Mary and all the other White Sox fans, their team lost to the Kansas City Royals.