President of the United States Barack Obama will throw the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. prior to the 2010 season opener between the Washington Nationals and the defending National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, April 5 at 1:05 p.m.
â€śOpening Day of the baseball season is a special event for our country and its importance has been reinforced by the 100-year history of Presidential participation,â€ť said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, who will be in attendance for the historic First Pitch. â€śI am proud that President Obama will continue the long Presidential tradition of throwing out the first pitch of Opening Day in Washington D.C. â€ť
Obamaâ€™s appearance will mark the 100th anniversary of the first time a U.S. President threw an Opening Day first pitch and the 48th time a President has done so in Washington , D.C. On April 14, 1910, William Howard Taft began the tradition before the Washington Senators went on to defeat the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0 behind a one-hit, complete game shutout by Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
Therefore itâ€™s only fitting that 100 years later, Washington once again faces their neighbors to the north in a highly-anticipated Opening Day showdown. This year, the Nationals made various changes during the offseason, adding plenty of new faces to the roster including Catcher Ivan â€śPudgeâ€ť Rodriguez, Pitchers Brian Bruney, Matt Capps and Jason Marquis, and Second Baseman Adam Kennedy. These and other new additions will join Nationals veterans Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman and John Lannan, who will take the mound against Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay following pregame ceremonies that begin at 12:30 p.m.
"Across the country, Opening Day is a celebration of the return of hometown baseball and the glorious days of Spring," said Nationals Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner. "Itâ€™s a time of renewed hope and optimism for fans everywhere. The Lerner and Nationals family are honored that President Obama will mark that moment with us at the home of the national pastime in the nationâ€™s capital."
Although individual tickets are no longer available, the club is offering 400 seats in sections 401 and 402 for only $5 starting at 10:00am on game day at Nationals Park Main Box Office. Due to enhanced security and an anticipated sold out crowd, fans are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy pregame festivities which include live music and kidâ€™s activities.
FAN PROMOTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT
- The first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a replica batting practice hat presented by GEICO
- The enhanced Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk will host Miller Lite Party Nights on Opening Day and Thursday, Friday and Saturday game days throughout the season featuring:
- $5 beer specials (for the first 2.5 hours after gates open)
- Pregame entertainment featuring bands (Fridays) and DJâ€™s (Thursdays and Saturdays)
- Opportunities to play shuffleboard, corn hole, ring toss and various other games
- Special guest appearances by celebrity bartenders
- Half Street festivities will include balloons, sidewalk art and a live band
- Concourse entertainment will include a DJ performing at CF Plaza in the NatMobile, balloon artists, face painters and more
- The Nat Pack will throw T-shirts to fans throughout the opening ceremonies and the game
Source: Washington Nationals, Major League Baseball
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