Back in 2013, before he was rated the world’s top golfer, Dallas Jesuit graduate Jordan Spieth threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Texas Rangers game.
A lifelong Rangers fan and Dallas resident, Spieth was overly cautious to make sure he didn’t bounce it to home plate. So he lobbed a softy to home.
On Tuesday before the Rangers-Mariners game, Spieth returned to the mound for the ceremonial first pitch and this time he brought some heat.
The lefty threw a swift strike to Josh Hamilton after accepting a $2,500 donation from the Rangers to the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, which focuses on giving back to special needs youth as well as military families and junior golf.
“It was better than last time,” Spieth joked. “Last time I was a little weak with it and kind of just lobbed it in. [Today] I put a little speed on it to try and get ready. As long as you don’t bounce it I think it’s a success. I got it over the strikezone, too, so that was nice.”
Spieth, 22, has been an avid fan of all the local teams his whole life. That includes coming to Rangers games a bunch with friends and family.
“I used to come a while back and my dad and I would sneak down as the game wore on to better and better seats,” said Spieth, who watched Tuesday’s game from the front row near the Rangers’ owners seats. “We normally sit up high and sit up in the nosebleeds and just have a good time with that but this is a cool experience, too, sitting down here, low and being able to see all the action.”
Spieth is the first Texan to be ranked the No. 1 golfer, which is especially meaningful, Spieth said, considering all the all-time greats from the State.
“It’s an honor right now to be in this position but if I’m not careful, two Monday’s from now I’m not in the same position,” he said. “I’d obviously like to hold it.”
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