Newsome prepares to throw first pitch at Royals game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Friday, Sept. 21, I have the exciting honor of throwing the first pitch at the Royals game in Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

My first pitch will also be taking a swing at breast cancer. Kansas City Area Chevy Dealers and the GM Fairfax Assembly plant are sponsoring a walk called, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The walk will be at the Liberty Memorial. As sponsors they invited me to help promote the walk by throwing the first-pitch at the Royals game later this month.

I definitely want to make a great throw — at least get the ball over home plate. So, for my workout this week, I enlisted the help of my husband Ed and Henry Keys, who was a pitcher on his college team in Indiana. My brother-in-law, Jerry Newsome, was also there offering advice on how to hold the baseball.

Because it was raining, we went to the gym at United Believers Community Church. My husband, a real-estate appraiser, used his tape measure to show me how far I need to throw the ball. I had no idea that it was 60 in. four ft. from the pitchers' mound to home plate in the MLB.

Keys showed me how to wind up for a pitch by swinging my back foot forward as I throw the ball with my right arm. My husband was at the end of the tape measure playing catcher. My first throw went awkwardly to his left and he chased after the ball.

Needless to say, I have a lot more practicing to do, and I'll need the support of the crowd. So please make plans now to attend the Royals game on Sept. 21 and attend the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 27 at Liberty Memorial.

Let's have a ball fighting breast cancer.

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