JERSEY CITY, NJ – Reigning U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is back in a New York state of mind. The South Carolina native loves New York City, where he and his wife honeymooned and where he’s staying this week and taking a water taxi across the Hudson River to Liberty National Golf Course. Not to mention he won his first major in nearby Long Island.
Glover is a big New York Yankees fan too. He grew up rooting for star first basemen Don Mattingly (Donnie Baseball to the Yankee faithful). So it was a thrill of a lifetime for Glover to throw out the first pitch before the pinstripes hosted the Texas Rangers Aug. 25, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Glover met Yankees manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Dave Eiland and outfielder Johnny Damon before the game. He stood on the mound with Yankees starting pitcher Joba Chamberlain during the National Anthem and then delivered his fastball to catcher Jorge Posada.
“I was going to throw it in the seats before I bounced it,” Glover said. “I threw a nice pitch. It might have been a touch inside for a righty, belt-high.
“That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do.”