Texas Rangers: Dallas Cowboys
“Anyone get the speed of that pitch?” Romo asked with a grin.
The Cowboys quarterback brought the high heat when he threw out the first pitch before Wednesday’s Mariners-Rangers game. OK, heat might be stretching it, although scoreboard radar gun wasn’t on at the moment. But Romo, sporting his Starter gear and working out of a full windup from the pitcher’s rubber, did throw a high fastball.
Rangers reliever/Cowboys season-ticket holder Mike Adams, who put on a blue Cowboys cap to serve as Romo’s personal catcher, had to come out of his crouch to catch the pitch. Romo said he warned Adams that might be the case.
“Usually if it depends on my right arm doing something right, we should be OK,” Romo said. “We did all right.”
Romo hadn’t pitched since his days as a Little Leaguer in Wisconsin, focusing on football, basketball and golf in high school. He took a couple of warmup tosses in the batting cages before taking the mound in front of a crowd of around 45,000.
Romo said he goes to a couple of Rangers games each season, but this is the first time he’s thrown out the first pitch. He enjoyed meeting several Rangers, signing autographs for some, in the home clubhouse before the game.
“They’re unique. They’re fun to watch,” Romo said. “They’re a great team. It’s funny. I was in the locker room and saw a bunch of the guys, and you feel like you know them even though you never met them. That’s the way they come across to people. It makes you root for them. It’s a team that you really enjoy watching. I’m behind them.”
While this was Romo’s first pitch debut, he has been in the spotlight at a big league park before. Romo sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field a few years ago.
It’s safe to say that Romo is a better pitcher than singer.
“Yes, I would assume that,” Romo said. “I’m really a good singer, but …”
Reliant will donate $500 for each home run hit during the event as well as more money for players who hit other bullseye targets.
Garrett isn’t counting on the long ball.
“Took batting practice the other night at Coppell High School and I counted I swung at 42 pitches and I hit 37 ground balls to third base, so we’ll see,” Garrett said.
But Aikman might be another story.
“Then to top it off Aikman is involved in this thing and I got a phone call at 6 o’clock last night that he hit three balls into the tennis courts at Coppell High School,” said Garrett, Aikman’s long-time backup. “Story of my life.”
Reliant will donate money to Big Brothers Big Sisters depending on how well the football players can swing baseball bats. The event won't be open to the public. The Rangers will be playing in Seattle on Wednesday.
From the media release:
Reliant will donate $500 for each home run hit by a player during the event and will also have 11 bull's-eye targets for a chance for the players to hit in the amounts of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. Reliant will also double the donation amounts for the last ball, known as the “money ball,” hit by each player. About 150 members of the BBBS organization and the Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club, presented by UnitedHealthcare, will attend the event to cheer on the Cowboys.
Former Rangers pitcher Tim Crabtree will be on the mound, and the players schedule to compete are Miles Austin, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, John Phillips, Doug Free, Sean Lee, Kevin Ogletree and Jason Hatcher.
Place your bets now: Who will be the best slugger in the bunch?
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