Go granny! Evelyn Jones proved that age is just a number by spending her 108th birthday playing ball — that is, throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners’ game on July 11! What an impressive lady!
Evelyn Jones turned 108 on July 11, but she didn’t spend the big day lounging around her house. Instead, she headed down to the Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game at Safeco Field and did some serious damage! Evelyn became the oldest person to ever throw a ceremonial first pitch, and she did it with style. The entire stadium went crazy over Evelyn’s moves, and made sure she had the happiest 108th birthday a gal could ask for!
You know, most people would think that turning 108 would mean sitting around quietly at home and maybe having some cake. But not Evelyn! The diehard Seattle Mariners fan got the opportunity of a (long!) lifetime, and couldn’t pass it up. She showed those youngins’ what a real pitch looked like as she threw out the ceremonial first toss, with daughter Kay Vea, grandson Brad Vea, and granddaughter Robin Schifferman by her side.
Evelyn slipped on a Mariners jersey complete with her name and a number 108 on the back, took her walker to the dirt near home plate and lobbed a ball to Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. He came over and gave her a huge hug, and presented her with the ball as a birthday present. The team’s mascot then gave Evelyn a cake. And to top it all off? The entire stadium sang her Happy Birthday! Best birthday ever!!
Evelyn’s Long And Amazing Life
So, what’s Evelyn’s advice for a long and wonderful life? “Keep having birthdays.” Easier said than done, Evelyn! The great grandmother, who has six grandkids, seven great-grandkids, and four great-great-grandchildren, was 69 years-old when the Mariners played their first game in 1977. Think about it!
Evelyn’s Birthday, July 11, was another special occasion: the anniversary of when baseball legend Babe Ruth threw his first major league pitch (Evelyn was seven). Now, 67 years after his death, we’re pretty sure there’s a new queen of pitching in town. Go Evelyn, go! The Mariners need a gal like you on their side!
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— Samantha Wilson