ARLINGTON — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel compared the nerves he had before throwing the Rangers’ ceremonial first pitch Sunday to those as he awaited the announcement for the Heisman Trophy, which he won in December.Manziel, who was a standout baseball player in high school, calmed the nerves as best he could by throwing a few warmup pitches and getting advice from Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan and manager Ron Washington. Ryan and Washington said the same thing — don’t bounce it.Manziel accomplished that, although Mitch Moreland had to snag a high and outside pitch.“That was too cool,” Manziel said afterward. “I don’t think I’ve been that nervous since the Heisman, but it was good. I didn’t bounce it and that was the biggest key.”Manziel grew up a Rangers fan and said his favorite players were Ryan and Ivan Rodriguez. He met both on Sunday, and said he hopes to meet another baseball hero of his, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, one day.
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