In the Nationals' first season in Washington, reliever Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider came together to save the city's first major-league home game in 33 years.
So it made sense that the Nationals called on the pair to conduct the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Game 3 of the 2019 World Series, the first World Series game in Washington since 1933.
Chad Cordero throws out first pitch to 2005 Nationals teammate Brad Schneider. Nice way of honoring first season of baseball back in Washington. pic.twitter.com/d5QqfWqFhp— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) October 25, 2019
But in an interview with NBC Sports Washington during the Nationals' Winterfest, a few months removed from Game 3 of the World Series and that momentous first pitch, Cordero revealed just how nervous he was leading up to the moment.
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"[From] the minute I stepped off the plane at Dulles to the time after I threw out the first pitch, my hands were shaking," Cordero said. "I was sweating, I didn't know what to do, my heart was racing."
Cordero's nerves made sense, since "the World Series...is not the same as closing out the game at RFK."
"This is the World Series," Cordero said. "If I throw the first pitch in the dirt I can never live that down, especially with it being the first World Series in D.C. in so long."
April 14, 2005:— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 26, 2019
Chad Cordero pitches to Brian Schneider, recording the 1st #Nats save in Washington, DC.
October 25, 2019:
Chad Cordero pitches to Brian Schneider before Game 3 of the #WorldSeries in Washington, DC.@ChadCordero32 // #STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/xJGzNEfJnr
Needles to say, Cordero did not throw the pitch in the dirt, though he and Schneider did receive a warm welcome from Nationals fans.
Big ovation for former #Nats Chad Cordero and Brian Schneider as they toss the ceremonial 1st pitch. Battery mates who recorded the final out of the first game at RFK in 2005.— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) October 25, 2019
"It was an honor," Cordero said. "I am so thankful that they reached out. It meant the world to me and I'm so very thankful for it."
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