Higgins feels the nerves at Aggies night

Sunday, August 23, 2009

TULSA, Okla. – Texas A&M men’s coach J.T. Higgins had to deal with a nerve-wracking finish – remember Bronson Burgoon’s walk-off wedge shot? – before getting to enjoy his team’s NCAA title. Nothing made him as nervous as he was Aug. 18, though. That’s when Higgins threw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game against the Minnesota Twins as part of Aggies Night at the Ballpark at Arlington.

“In all honesty, I was more nervous going out to throw out the first pitch,” Higgins said. “I have a lot more confidence in Bronson than in myself. It had been about 25 years since I’d thrown a pitch.”

Higgins had a “pretty mediocre” two-year baseball career at Eastern Oregon, where he also played basketball.

For the record, Higgins’ pitch was a little low. “But I call it a strike. It was over the plate,” Higgins said.

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