Once the Nationals clinched their first-ever World Series berth, fans turned their attention to a far more pressing issue: Who would throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their first home game?
Some thought it should be a prominent politician, given the Nationals’ location in the nation’s capital. Others hoped for a celebrity fan of some sort, or a nod to the team’s past. Some even suggested tracking down a descendent of the great Walter Johnson.
Well, that question has finally been answered.
BREAKING: The ceremonial first pitch for Game 3 Friday night will be conducted by the battery that, back in 2005, saved Washington's first major-league home game in 33 years.https://t.co/0MquLA8ATy— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) October 24, 2019
Cordero has a special place in the hearts of Nats fans. During the team’s inaugural season in Washington, he lead Major League Baseball with 47 saves, recording an ERA of 1.82.
The Nats only won 81 games in 2005, so Cordero earned a save in nearly 60 percent of their victories that year. In the process, he became the franchise’s first-ever All-Star.
He’ll be throwing his ceremonial pitch to Brian Schneider, the catcher behind the plate for the Nats’ first win.
His history with the organization isn’t the only connection Cordero has to the Nationals.
Fun fact: Chad Cordero, who has seemingly been out of MLB forever, was college teammates with Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki at Cal State Fullerton.— Matt Meyers (@mtmeyers) October 24, 2019
Cordero closed out the first win in Nationals history, and now, he’ll have a small role to play as the Nationals try to close out their first World Series championship.
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