Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 5/30/12
ARLINGTON, Texas Tony Romo is accustomed to throwing a ball around in Arlington, but this time was a little different. The Cowboys quarterback threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's Rangers-Mariners game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Romo, clad in a baseball cap, jeans and a golf shirt, threw a high strike to Rangers relief pitcher Mike Adams, who had to slightly come out of his crouch to catch the ball. "Usually if it depends on my right arm doing something right, I should be OK," Romo said. "We did all right." Romo didn't wear a Rangers jersey, as the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitizki did when he threw out the first pitch, which probably had to do with his endorsement deal with a sporting goods company. Adams, a huge Cowboys fan, wore a Cowboys cap for the occasion. Romo jokingly asked what the radar gun had on his throw (it wasn't on). He admitted to taking a couple of warmup throws underneath the stadium before walking onto the mound. "When you get out there it's (the plate) definitely a little bit further away," Romo said. "I just tried to get it over with quick and make sure I kept it at Mike's head. He did a good job. I gave him a little warning that he actually might have to move up out of his stance to catch it." Romo said he pitched while playing Little League baseball but gave up the baseball to focus on other sports when he was 13 or 14. Growing up in Wisconsin, Romo said he was a Milwaukee Brewers fan growing up. He also followed the Atlanta Braves because of their exposure on cable television. He said he became a fan of the Rangers after moving to the area and gets out to one or two games a season. Romo's brother-in-law, television star Chace Crawford, was part of his entourage. Romo visited with the Rangers in the clubhouse before his moment on the mound and signed some helmets. "It's funny, I was in the locker room and I saw a bunch of the guys and you feel like you know them even though you've never met them," Romo said. "I think that's just the way they come across to people. It makes you root for them." Romo spoke briefly to the media after addressed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' recent remarks about the window of opportunity closing on the team. "He's going to do whatever gives us the best chance to win right now, right at this moment. I love that," Romo said. "That's all that you play for, what's going to happen right now and this upcoming season is the most important season we've ever had. That's the approach that you take." Romo said he doesn't feel any added pressure by Jones' remarks. Rather, it excites him to hear Jones' sense of urgency. "When you have an owner who feels so passionately about winning and what it means, that's exactly how I feel," Romo said. "I'm fortunate to have him." That urgency has been increased to a degree by the success of the Rangers, who have gone to back-to-back World Series, and the Mavericks, who won an NBA title last year. "Hopefully we can follow suit now with what the Mavericks and Rangers have been able to accomplish, continuing to raise the bar around here," Romo said. "Hopefully it's our turn." Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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