March 29, 2010
The first time barry will go to a Nationals game will be their April 5th, 1:05 ET home opener against the Phillies. (John Lannan vs Roy Halladay)
Why the Nationals (NL) and not the Sox (AL)?
To get into the history books one more time.
Nationals are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of a president tossing out the first pitch on opening day. The first being William Howard Taft on April 14, 1910. Hard to imagine he didn’t split his suit. Wash Senators beat Philly Athletics 3-0 – Hall of Famer Walter Johnson threw a 1-hit complete game.
MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG:
Opening 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. I am proud that President Obama will continue the long presidential tradition of throwing out the first pitch of Opening Day in Washington, D.C.
Nationals managing principal owner THEODORE N LERNER:
Across the country, Opening Day is a celebration of the return of hometown baseball and the glorious days of spring. It’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 nation’s capital.
Other 2009 1st pitches if interested: barry All-Star game, Jeff Skiles, Capt Sullenbger, Gen Dunwoody & the late Ted Kennedy.