This nun even showed off her baseball prowess with a nifty little trick before the pitch.
Sister Mary Jo Sobiek, a Marian Catholic School nun, walked up to the pitcher’s mound with confidence. She smiled for the crowd, and waved. Then, she bounced the baseball on the inside of her elbow before her perfect first pitch at the White Sox/Royals game on Saturday.
White Sox pitcher, Lucas Giolito, that caught the perfect strike from Sister Mary Jo, called the pitch ‘awesome’.
‘She had a whole routine,’ he told MLB.com. ‘She had it planned out.’
‘I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch. It ended up being great.’
Even White Sox manager Rick Renteria had to admit she was ‘pretty good’, revealing that he spotted 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,’ he recalled.
‘I’m like, “Wait a minute”. He threw it back to her and she fielded it barehanded. I was like, “Okay, she looks like she can play a little bit”‘.
Source: Daily Mail
Sister Mary Jo did indeed play a little bit. She used to play center and short in softball. When Renteria asked her if she’d be willing to play for the team, she agreed.
Perhaps she should have.
The White Sox lost to the Royals 3-1 on Saturday.
But hey, at least the world got to see Sister Mary Jo’s awesome pitch!
Watch Sister Mary Jo’s awesome first pitch:
Compare that to Barry’s first pitch:
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