World Central Kitchen founder, José Andrés, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Five – the final home game held in Washington DC during the 2019 World Series.
Sporting a white beard, the Michelin star chef wore a customized white Washington Nationals jersey, that had his full name, José Andrés, and the number 19 on the back. Andrés threw out the first pitch to Mr. National himself, Ryan Zimmerman.
He received a huge ovation from the Nationals crowd.
Before making his pitch, Andrés did the Baby Shark chomp towards the Nationals dugout. Then he tossed the ball to the plate. The DC native’s pitch ultimately was low, but the RMNB umpire is ruling it a strike! Andrés did a hand motion to the crowd as if to say the heave was so-so.
Before posing with Ryan Zimmerman for a photo, Andrés dramatically put on a pair of red sunglasses, which appeared to be the same lucky pair of aviators that Gerardo Parra wears in the dugout during games.
If it wasn’t obvious enough by the props and hand motions, Andrés took the honor very seriously. He had been working on his first pitch over the weekend.
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) October 26, 2019
Steve Case, an American entrepreneur who co-founded America Online, Inc., posted video of the pitch on his Twitter and called it an “awesome way to start” the World Series.
— Steve Case (@SteveCase) October 27, 2019
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis called Andrés the “biggest dignitary here,” a subtle dig at President Trump.
Biggest dignitary here, Jose Andres , America’s game and America’s most generous chef. pic.twitter.com/4q9CYEF3il
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) October 28, 2019
Trump, who announced he was coming to the World Series game days ago, arrived nine minutes after Andrés was honored on the field.
Trump arrived at Game 5 at 8pm, eight mins before gametime & nine mins after nemesis José Andres tossed the first pitch.
Officials tell me they expect Trump to stay for about an hour, and the White House has agreed to let Trump be shown on the jumbotron and the Fox broadcast. pic.twitter.com/2JJ3DKK38l
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) October 28, 2019
— Scotty Smith (@ArcticScotty) October 27, 2019
Trump was loudly booed by fans when he arrived.
President Donald Trump was just introduced at Nationals Park during Game 5 of the World Series.
Lots of boos. pic.twitter.com/xSvZJcTpYH
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) October 28, 2019
Here’s the full introduction by Nationals’ PA announcer Jerome Hruska.
Here’s video of Trump getting booed again, this time by the whole stadium. pic.twitter.com/ppRpQzWWap
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 28, 2019
Trump and Andrés have a long-simmering beef that dates back to 2016. Andrés canceled plans to open a restaurant at the Trump Hotel in Washington DC. Trump sued. Andrés countersued and the issue was settled in court in 2017. The humanitarian chef has been an outspoken critic of the president, especially his handling of immigration in the US.
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