Sister Mary Jo was interviewed by Church Pop's Jacqueline Burkepile about her amazing journey from the now-famous White Sox first pitch to the nomination for the ESPY award for Best Viral Moment. The half-hour interview reveals some amazing moments and is worth your time.
Take a look at the famous pitch that made Sister Mary Jo a viral sensation.
Seriously, wasn't that the best first pitch ever?
In case you missed it, our own Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, OP, threw out a flawless first pitch at the White Sox vs. Royals game Saturday, August 18, 2018. Sister Mary Jo was there to celebrate Marian Catholic High School night and wore a number 60 on the back of her uniform to mark the anniversary of MCHS this year. Check it out in the video below!
Marian Catholic High School was right on the field to share the internationally acclaimed first pitch at the Chicago White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals.
The Coach said, "She looks like she can play." After a brief interview he asked, "Can you play for us?"
Question to Sister Mary Jo: How are you doing with your newfound fame on the Internet?
Sister Mary Jo: “I tell people I feel famous at Marian Catholic. I really do. They’re wonderful, and more than my love for sports I hope people recognize my joy for the Gospel and love for life.”
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Sister Mary Jo Preaching from the Pulpit of Her Life
What do Rock 'n Roll, Hip Hop and Dominican Sisters have in common? Let Sister Mary Jo explain Prayer Perspectives in music. See the full Dominican Associate Session, A Call to Prayer and Preaching, here.
“You know you can go to her for anything, even if it has nothing to do with volleyball or even school…If something is bothering you and you need to talk to her, she’s always there. She’s such a positive influence.”
Sister Mary Jo's Best Viral Moment ESPY Nomination
Sister Mary Jo Sobieck shows off her baseball skills at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, on June 21, 2019, where she teaches theology. Sobieck is nominated for an ESPY for "Best Viral Sports Moment" for the perfect curveball she threw last year as a ceremonial pitch before a Chicago White Sox game. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller
Read Emily's great story: Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked curveball.
Thank you for voting for Sister Mary Jo's famous pitch to win Best Viral Moment!
Sister Mary Jo was nominated by ESPN for a 2019 ESPY trophy along with two runners (Texas A&M's Infinate Tucker and Rudolph "Blaze" Ingram) and UCLA's Katelyn Ohashi's for her perfect 10 floor exercise.
The ESPYS aired July 10, 2019. Although Sister Mary Jo didn't win she made a lasting impact on countless people along the way to the red carpet.
Sister Mary Jo's Favorite News Clips
Sister Mary Jo shared with us some of her favorite news clips about her perfect pitch! Enjoy!
Here is Sister Mary Jo on Good Morning America!
Sister Mary Jo closed out ABC World News Tonight on Sunday, August 19, 2018
Coverage in her hometown newspaper
An interview with Relevant Radio NYC
Her favorite team's flagship station couldn't wait to interview her!
Live in Springfield with Sam Madonia, WFMB.
Dancing at Freshmen orientation.
The dunk tank pitch.
Throwing to her childhood hero...Chris Carter.
More from NYC.
With Golic and Wingo at ESPN.
Sister Mary Jo had A LOT of interviews after the August 18 first pitch.
Congratulations to Sr. Mary Jo Sobiek, O.P. of the Springfield Dominican Sisters for this beautiful outreach project, helping high school students connect to homeless Chicagoans. https://t.co/Sf2U0pFE5T @springfieldop #vocation #ChristmasSpirit pic.twitter.com/f9AhvGM3E2— NRVC (@NatRelVocConf) December 19, 2018