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Both men were largely ignored by a passel of cameramen, though, whose focus was trained instead on Texas legenduder Matthew McConaughey, as he got a few tips on his curveball from the Rangers' Colby Lewis. (The actor will, after all, also toss out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight's match-up with the New York Yankees.)
Of course, if you'd read Robert's preview of the event Wednesday, all of this made perfect sense: McConaughey's j. k. livin' foundation -- as in, "Just keep livin, L-I-V-I-N" -- announced a partnership with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation to fund after-school programs in Dallas (at L.G. Pinkston High School), Arlington (Sam Houston High School) and Fort Worth (Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School).
"This is really exciting for us," Hinojosa told Unfair Park after the announcement, while Derek Holland caught pitches from McConaughey in a Rangers batting cage.
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McConaughey, along with Camila Alves -- his partner in life and charitable giving -- founded their group to set up afterschool programs in schools in low-income neighborhoods, focusing on fitness and wellness.
It's easy for students to head in the wrong direction once they've graduated, he said at the press conference, and by then, "your line in life is already gonna be written -- and it may be in the wrong way. So let's catch 'em when they still have the chance to get it right."
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz also stepped up to contribute to the programs.