Nats Opponent: Philadelphia Phillies
Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
Gates Open: 4:30 p.m. (CF gate)
Pitching match up: RHP Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84 ERA) v. RHP Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21 ERA)
Pre-Game Ceremonies: The Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown out by WPGC 95.5 FM radio personality Big Tigger.
Throughout the game, vignettes will be shown on the Nationals Park scoreboard featuring baseball greats including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Andre Dawson and Ken Griffey Jr.
Last year, the club invited various influential African-Americans to participate in the evening’s festivities, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes, who was recently appointed co-chair of President Obama’s Council on Fitness; and former Negro League player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.
In addition, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo presented the inaugural Joe Black Award, created to honor an organization or person who is instrumental in promoting the game of baseball in African-American communities. Last year’s award was given to the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks & Recreation Prince George’s County, an organization that teaches children the game of baseball through youth clinics and specialized instruction.