105-year-old Rangers superfan to throw out first pitch
FORT WORTH -- It's not every day a reporter gets to play a little catch on the job.
But when News 8's Philip Townsend visited Elizabeth Sullivan Thursday, she made it clear that there is only time for fun.
"Get over there and let's throw," Sullivan said.
Elizabeth is a 105-year-old Texas Rangers fanatic.
"I've watched every game the Rangers have played in the last 15 years," she said.
Baseball wasn't always a part of Elizabeth's life.
Math was her first passion, and she was a straight-A student at the University of Texas at Austin.
But when she stopped teaching years ago, she started watching Rangers games on TV and fell in love with the sport.
"I don't know, I just love baseball,” she said.
Elizabeth will tell you, her secret is Dr Pepper. Aside from baseball, it's one of her favorite things, and she drinks three of them every single day.
"They're ice cold and just lined up in my fridge," she said. "So all my friends can have one."
The drink is how she met Kirk Conger, a Dr Pepper representative who started bringing her the soda when he found out she loved it so much.
"From then on it's been a great relationship," Conger said. "She's like my grandmother."
And just recently, Kirk came to check in on Elizabeth like he has for the last two years. But this time he had a surprise.
"I'm so thrilled I can't even think," Elizabeth said.
This Wednesday, Elizabeth will throw out the first pitch when the Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park.
"You pass 100 years old and you don't get nervous," she said. "You either go to a rest home or behave yourself. I hope I can get it overhand."
Call it fate, because Wednesday's game starts at 1:05 p.m.