The Washington Nationals announced this morning that new Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., who lived in D.C. in the 80s-90s, will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch in Nationals Park on Opening Day, April 6, 2015 when the Nats take on the New York Mets:
Manfred will follow in the footsteps of Captain Chip Zawislak, who threw out the Nationals' Ceremonial First Pitch last season, former Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha, who threw out the first pitch in 2013 and J.R. Martinez, U.S. Army veteran and Dancing with the Stars Season 13 Champion, who threw the first pitch in 2012.
Mark Lerner, in a press release this morning talked about having MLB's new commissioner throw out the first pitch:
"We are so honored that Commissioner Manfred has chosen to spend this historic Opening Day in Washington," said Mark D. Lerner, Vice Chairman and one of the Principal Owners of the Nationals. "His participation will be incredibly special as we kick off our 10-Year Anniversary season."
The Nationals and Mets start the 2015 campaign with the first game of a three-game set in the nation's capital. Now we know who will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch, but the Nats and skipper Matt Williams have yet to announce who will be throwing the first official pitch of the season. Will it be Stephen Strasburg, who started Game no.1 in each of the last three seasons? Max Scherzer, the Nationals' $210M free agent signing and a former Cy Young Award-winner? Jordan Zimmermann, who was arguably the Nationals' strongest starter last season? Williams isn't saying yet...