ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 04: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 4, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
In a rare occasion, the ceremonial first pitch in the third home game of the year is trumping everything else about opening weekend at Rangers Ballpark.
As previously announced, the father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, a victim of the tragic Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, will throw out the first pitch during Friday's home opener when Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels come to town.
Robbie Parker's pitch will without a doubt leave everyone in tears, but the Rangers announced a first pitch for Sunday's game, that at least in Texas, might overshadow any other possible first pitch thrower. Johnny Manziel, otherwise known as Johnny Football, the Heisman Trophy winning Texas A&M quarterback will throw out the first pitch on Sunday prior to the nationally televised primetime game.
Manziel, of course, became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, given to college football's best player, after leading A&M to an 11-2 record in the Aggies' first season in the football-rich Southeastern Conference and a blowout of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Other announcements about the opening weekend included Texas country star Jack Ingram singing the National Anthem in Friday's home opener.