Braves closer Craig Kimbrel couldn’t resist telling Bo Jackson he was an Alabama fan before going out to catch Wednesday’s ceremonial first pitch from the former Heisman trophy winner from Auburn.
“I said, ‘Don’t throw it in the dirt just because I’m an Alabama fan,’” said Kimbrel, a native of Huntsville, Ala. “He kind of laughed at me. He said, ‘I’m going to throw something, but I’m not going to tell you what it is.’ It was cool just to be able to do that.”
Jackson threw the pitch a little up and away but got it to Kimbrel in easy fashion. He was in Atlanta promoting a 300-mile bike ride he’s participating in to raise money for the Alabama tornado victims.
“This is about the state of Alabama,” Jackson said. “There is no room in there for Roll Tide or War Eagle.”
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Author: Carroll Rogers