ARLINGTON, Texas Robbie Parker didn't think about anything on the mound Friday at Rangers Ballpark.
It helped him get through a very emotional first pitch before the Texas home opener.
Parker is the father of Emilie Parker, one of the 26 people who died at the Newtown school shooting last year. Robbie Parker is a lifelong Rangers fan who took his daughter to her first Texas game when she was three months old.
"Luckily I think my mind finally went blank," said Robbie Parker, who threw the first pitch to Ivan Rodriguez. "My mind's been racing for about three weeks and I finally just zoned out. I told Purge (Rodriguez) right before It's just me and you here, right?' As far as emotions go, it was really tough to try and keep my emotions out there. It was pretty amazing."
Robbie Parker was accompanied to the mound by his wife and two daughters. Texas outfielder David Murphy, who was Emilie's favorite player, also went on the field with the family. Murphy gave them the jersey he ...