Bo Jackson to throw out first pitch at White Sox Opening Day

Bo Jackson to throw out first pitch at White Sox Opening Day
March 26, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

Most baseball players on the receiving end of ceremonial first pitches just go up to the plate in their uniform and treat it real casual.

That's because most people tossing out the first pitch are celebrities lacking an extensive baseball pedigree.

But whoever is tabbed to catch the first pitch on Opening Day Monday may want to take things a little more seriously. Go up there in full catcher's gear or with a bulletproof vest or something.

The White Sox announced Bo Jackson will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Given that he's arguably the greatest athlete of all time (an honor ESPN gave him recently) and must still have at least some his brute strength at age 50 (heck, Julio Franco proved you could still play baseball at 50), you can expect he's going to show off the cannon.

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Even Bo knows his best years were with the Kansas City Royals -- ironically the White Sox opponent Monday -- as he hit 109 homers and stole 81 bases in more than 500 games between 1986-1990. He did play a little more than 100 games for the White Sox, however, from 1991-93. He missed all of '92 after undergoing hip replacement surgery, and miraculously homered on his first at-bat of '93.

But this is a guy who climbed walls, broke bats over his head and spent just 59 games in the minor leagues in his career.

Oh, and he wasn't a bad football player, either.

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And since we're on a retro video game kick here at CSNChicago, here's a clip of Bo Jackson's amazing run in Tecmo Bowl, just for kicks. (Though I wouldn't be surprised if he really had a run like this at some point in his illustrious career)