Nun becomes an online hit after throwing perfect pitch at baseball game
Ceremonial pitches are a staple of one of the most beloved sports in America: baseball. A guest of honor is chosen to give their absolute all throwing a strike to signal the beginning of the game. They stand in front of the pitcher's mound - or on the mound - and throw towards home plate, and the person receiving the pitch is usually a player from the home team.
There have been many memorable ceremonial pitches over the years - some of them instantly turning viral. For instance, there was the guy who turned his first pitch into a surprise marriage proposal to his girlfriend. Or the time John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's adorable toddler Luna struggled to throw the ball more than a couple of inches away from herself.
But few of the guest pitches have been anywhere near as unexpectedly impressive as the one recently thrown by a nun by the name of Sister Mary Jo Sobieck...
Take a look at the unforgettable moment here:
Sister Mary Jo Sobieck has become a star overnight after throwing an almost perfect pitch before the White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
The nun from Marian Catholic School was chosen to carry out the ceremonial first pitch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, and her performance was enviable, to say the least. Before stunning the crowds with her impressive pitch, Sister Mary Jo even showed off a very polished trick as she bounced the ball on her inner elbow.
Then the nun wound up and threw an incredible strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito. Her performance was so on point that Giolito went on to call it "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."
And to top it all off, White Sox manager Rick Renteria, who had seen her practicing before throwing the pitch, couldn't help but admit her skills were "pretty good".
"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'."
Renteria also revealed that he later had a chat with Sister Mary Jo and discovered that she used to play center and short in softball. He even asked the woman of God if she would consider playing for the team, and she said yes! It definitely appears that the White Sox could do with her help considering they lost 3-1 to the Royals on Saturday night.
Maybe she could even collaborate with Sister Jean, who became America's sweetheart as she cheered on the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers during their Cinderella run at this year's NCAA tournament.
We can only congratulate Sister Mary Jo Sobieck on what was a slick and totally unexpected performance. I mean, nuns as athletes? What's next? Pastors who double as hair stylists? Buddhists entering pro-gaming tournaments?