This is Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, and she just authored one of the most epic first pitches we’ve seen this season or any other season.
Sister Mary Jo was on hand as part of Marian Catholic High School night. There, she teaches theology classes for sophomores and juniors. On Saturday night though, she looked like a right-handed pitcher ready for the bright lights of Major League Baseball.
We’re not sure how she was selected for first pitch duty, but we know for a fact she was well prepared.
Have you heard the news? Marian Catholic's own Sister Mary Jo Sobieck will take the mound on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field to throw out the first pitch at Marian Catholic Night with the White Sox! She was spotted in East Gym yesterday warming up her arm. Watch Sister Mary Jo throw a strike in person by purchasing your tickets at https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/tickets/specials#marian-catholic
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Whoever made that decision hit a home run. Not only did Sister Mary Jo fire a perfect strike, she brought class to the pitcher’s mound and a little showmanship as well.
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) August 18, 2018
The Royals may have won the game 3-1, but the story was Sister Mary Jo.
Of course, she’s not the first Chicago area nun to overshadow a sporting event this year. Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt became the face of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament while cheering her Loyola-Chicago Ramblers all the way to the Final Four. Sister Jean gained world-wide notoriety and has made a few appearances herself at Wrigley Field. Including one to throw out the first pitch.
Sister Jean set a standard that’s tough to live up to. We’d say Sister Mary Jo took a very good first step Saturday with her memorable first pitch.
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