The Washington Nationals are currently up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series against the Houston Astros. The Nationals will be back home for the next few games. After initial reports that President Trump would throw the first pitch for a possible fifth game, the Nationals confirmed that was not to be.
If the series goes to five games, first pitch will go to long-time Washington sports fan, chef, and humanitarian José Andrés, who was “humbled by the invitation.”
Confirmed by @Nationals: Trump not scheduled to throw out the first pitch if there’s a Game 5 of the World Series. Instead, he’ll watch @chefjoseandres — a critic who pulled out of Trump’s DC hotel — throw the ceremonial pitch
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) October 25, 2019
Trump and Andrés have a tumultuous history. Previously, Andrés withdrew his plans to open a restaurant in Trump’s DC hotel, the two sued each other and eventually reached a settlement.
Andrés remains an outspoken critic of President Trump’s actions, especially with regards to communities in need of clean water and healthy food, which Andrés’s World Kitchen organization has started providing by itself.
BIG news… Today @WCKitchen served our 1 Millionth Meal in Bahamas thanks to many, many hands…Chefs, volunteers, businesses, partners + YOU. A moment to celebrate & then get back to work! Still lots to do as we go from relief “phase” to communities rebuilding. #ChefsForBahamas pic.twitter.com/PPQMiBdx7K
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 10, 2019
President Trump was concerned about the prospect of throwing the first pitch because he’d have to wear “a lot of heavy armor” which would make him “look too heavy”. He says he will attend the game and watch the “humbled” chef Andrés enjoy his “big big big honor” from the stands.
I’m humbled by the invitation, and I realize is a big big big honor but I really hope that by Saturday night all of WASHINGTON will be celebrating that the @Nationals are the 2019 @MLB World Series Champions…🙏😘😘👨🍳⚾️🏆 https://t.co/V6EvP9L7Lr
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 25, 2019
Andrés has been honored for his work in the kitchen with two Michelin stars and being named Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013.
His humanitarian efforts, bringing kitchens to feed people in need around the globe, has brought him a James Beard Award for Humanitarian of the Year, a National Humanities Medal, and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, for which Ted Leonsis advocated.
Honest, no one deserves this more than Jose, getting work done, being selfless, helping those in need, so proud to know him and support Jose Andres in all his work. This is awesome. https://t.co/5t3x7pKaaX
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) November 27, 2018
“I never imagined we’d have an operation with multiple islands, multiple helicopters, seaplanes, amphibious vehicles. A nightmare in logistics, but somehow we made it easy, we made it simple, that’s what WCK is. We have one mission, let’s feed people in need!” –@chefjoseandres pic.twitter.com/zh6ntvYQxs
— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) October 23, 2019
Andrés opposed Initiative 77, which would have increased wages for tipped employees in the District.
Like most Nats fans, Andrés hopes that the fifth game won’t be necessary–not just because of the victory, pride, and bragging rights, but also because he may need to brush up on his fundamentals.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 25, 2019
I’m sure there won’t be a shortage of volunteers to play some catch, especially given that Andrés helped the DC community by opening kitchens for federal workers during the government shutdown.
He’s also a die-hard, long-time DC sports fan.
— RestaurantLeadership (@RLeadership365) April 30, 2018
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) June 7, 2018
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 30, 2013
Leonsis is a long-time supporter of Andrés and his work. Last year, he gifted Andrés with a Capitals championship ring.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) November 15, 2018
You can learn more about Andrés’s work from his 60 Minutes interview, and donate or otherwise support the efforts to serve the people of the Bahamas, Puerto Rico–and, most recently, those affected by the California wildfires–through The World Kitchen’s website.
The next game (or two or three) all have 8:07 PM start times on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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