The Nationals have announced the schedule of events for Opening Day. Five Flag Officers, one from each branch of the military will throw out the ceremonial first pitches so, barring any changes, President Obama will not be making an appearance.
The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a free “Opening Day Cap,” and beginning at 12 p.m. the Nationals will induct six new members into the Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
From the Nationals: “This year’s inductees include James Brown, Emmy-Award Winning Host of CBS’ “The NFL Today” and Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”; Dominique Dawes, Olympic Gold Medal Winning Gymnast; Brian Mitchell, Former Washington Redskins Running Back; Willie Stewart, Former Anacostia High School Head Football Coach; Michael Wilbon, Co-Host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” and Former Washington Post Columnist; and Morgan Wootten, Former DeMatha High School Head Basketball Coach.
Nationals Park will serve as the new home to the Hall of Fame, which was previously on display at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.”
Here’s the full schedule of events:
10:30 a.m.Gates Open – Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
12:00 p.m. Pregame Ceremonies
o Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony
o Introduction of the On-Field Host: James Brown, Host of CBS Sports “The NFL Today” and Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”
o Children of active duty service members will line the red carpet to welcome Nationals players
o The U.S. Navy Band will perform the National Anthem and America the Beautiful
o Armed Forces Color Guard will present the colors
o Giant flags will be unfurled by the DC National Guard
o Moment of silence for Japan
o Flyover by the 113th Fighter Wing at Andrews Air Force Base
o Silver Slugger Award Presentation: Ryan Zimmerman will be presented with his second consecutive award
o General Manager Mike Rizzo will address the crowd
o Ceremonial First Pitch: Five Flag Officers, one from each branch of the military
o Play Ball Announcer: Vincent Gray, Mayor of Washington DC
1:05 p.m. Game Time
And some more fun facts about opening weekend:
· The Nationals will launch a special “text to give” initiative on Opening Day to give fans the opportunity to donate $10 to UNICEF in support of the children of Japan simply by sending a text message. The team will announce additional efforts to benefit the victims of the natural disasters in Japan as they are finalized.
· The first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark on Saturday, April 2 will receive magnet schedules and car magnets presented by ExxonMobil. Legendary broadcaster Larry King will also throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch on Saturday to promote the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.
· The Nationals will celebrate the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 3 by featuring pregame festivities that commemorate the longstanding friendship between the United States and Japan.