Jordan Spieth threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. (WEEI.com)
This year’s Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth is also a die hard Cowboys fan, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the Patriots and Tom Brady.
“I root for the Pats outside the Cowboys,” Spieth said at Fenway Park before throwing out the first pitch Tuesday night. “I root for the Pats in the AFC. Obviously I am a die hard Cowboys fan. I root for my hometown.”
So what will he do when the Patriots play the Cowboys in Week 4, which would also be the potential fourth game of Brady’s four-game suspension?
“Well, I am going to root for the Cowboys. I hope Brady’s back by then and I hope it’s a fair fight and I hope my ‘boys pull it off,” he said.
Spieth, who is in town for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, threw out the first pitch to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who also hosted PGA Tour golfer Rickie Fowler at the park Tuesday, as he was on the field during batting practice in full Red Sox gear. Spieth was a pitcher growing up before stopping playing right before high school.
Although he golfs right-handed, he throws lefty. He said his dad, who is also a lefty, played college baseball and taught him to throw left-handed. He hits right-handed because he was taught how to hit facing his left-handed throwing dad.
“A little bit of movement on a fastball,” Spieth said of his pitching. “I could never really throw it hard or by anybody so I just hoped they swung and missed.”
Spieth spent some time before entering the park on Lansdowne Street soaking in the atmosphere. He said he roots for the Red Sox besides his hometown Rangers and his favorite player on the Red Sox is David Ortiz.
“It’s cool. I think it’s the greatest ballpark in the world so to be able to go out there on the mound and throw a pitch is something I certainly never thought I’d be able to do,” Spieth said. “It’s really cool. After my Rangers I root for the Red Sox. I truly mean that, it’s not just because I am here. I always root against the Yankees so it’s nice to be here tonight and hopefully we can get a Yankees loss and a Rangers win and we can move up a little bit in the wild card race.”
Although he’s just 22 years old and the winner of two majors in one year, Spieth remains grateful for the opportunities his play has allowed him to have and he only hopes they continue.
“It’s cool to use this position to have the opportunities off the course because I never would have imagined this,” he said. “I haven’t thought much about the year on the course because we’ve just been so focused so much on what’s going on the next week. It’s been awesome, but the times I really notice it are things like this. That’s when you notice how special it is. If you want to keep doing it you have to keep doing what you’re doing on the course, right?”
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