When Elder Anthony “Bo” Burrup began his two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was putting baseball on hold.
But there he was in a white shirt and black missionary nametag, standing on the pitcher’s mound at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Friday, Aug. 29, to throw the ceremonial first pitch at LDS Family Night with the Orioles.
In the process, he fulfilled a childhood dream he shared with a dear friend.
Burrup, of Idaho, has always had a passion for baseball. It's said he grew up with a ball in one hand and a glove on the other. His dad discovered he was a lefty before Burrup could even write his first name. Every time Dad handed a ball to his right hand, Burrup switched it to his left.