CHICAGO -- Two-sport standout Bo Jackson threw out the first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday to kick off the Chicago White Sox's 2013 season and other than an all-black baseball cap without logo, he claimed no allegiance to a team.
Jackson started the baseball portion of his career with the Kansas City Royals before moving on to the White Sox and eventually the Angels before calling it a career. The White Sox and Royals met in the opener Monday.
Jackson took the mound during Opening Day ceremonies and fired the ceremonial pitch to honorary catcher Robin Ventura. The two were teammates with the White Sox.
“I don’t necessarily miss the game that much, I miss the camaraderie and if you ask any player that’s been out of the game for a long time it’s about missing your buddies and your good friends that you used to hang out with,” Jackson said.
About a month ago, Jackson had noted that he wasn’t surprised the outgoing Ozzie Guillen became a manager, but was a bit shocked Ventura got the job, but only because his former teammate was quiet and reserved.
“I haven’t seen Robin in at least 10-12 years,” Jackson said. “It’s good to come back and see that he’s doing well. When we first ran into each other, we talked about our kids, our families.”
While he was on White Sox turf, Jackson did point in the direction of the Royals dugout before letting fly on his first pitch.
“I can bet anybody in here, whatever you want to bet, my team is going to win this afternoon,” Jackson said. “Who wants to take that bet? My team is out on the field right now and I’ll guarantee my team wins this afternoon.”