Sister Mary Jo and the White Sox

Melissa Ferrara

And the hits keep coming for the Minnesota-born nun who can pitch

Sister Mary Jo gets more publicity after her "perfect pitch"

August 20, 2018 - 11:00 am

Talk about one cool nun... and she's from Minnesota.

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek says she wasn't prepared for all of the media attention she's been getting since throwing out the first pitch at last Saturday's White Sox game against the Royals in Chicago.

And it wasn't just the pitch... it was the bicep bump with the ball. All while wearing a full habit, with a Marian Catholic High School T-shirt.

She was asked to throw out the first ball on a night the school was honored for its 60th anniversary. Sister Sobiek teaches there.

"It was kind of daunting up there," the Sister told WCCO's Dave Lee on the Morning News. "So I had to take my mind off it. You know what I mean? Make it more natural. So I just did that, and then I gunned it."

Sister Mary Jo told Dave she does indeed consider herself an athlete, something that was just part of her upbringing in a Sauk Centre family of 10.

"Hockey in the alley, basketball in the driveway, and baseball across the field. It just kinda came natural to me," said Sobiek.

The Sister is a 1987 graduate of St. Cloud Cathedral High School and went to college at St. Scholastica in Duluth.

GMA talks with the nun
Marian Catholic High School

Not only did Sister Mary Jo's act make all the highlight shows and go viral online, she appeared live Monday morning on ABC's Good Morning America, trading one-liners with Michael Strahan and George Stephanopoulos.

"There must have been a reason they chose you," said Stephanopoulos.

"Well, George," said Sobiek, drawing out the name in a sarcastic manner. "I think it's probably because I have a little bit of athletic ability." 

She said all of the national attention has been fun, but now it's the first day of school at Marian Catholic, and she needs to get organized for her first class on Wednesday.

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