WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, threw the opening pitch at Nationals Ballpark on Saturday, August 26, to start the Nats’ 4:05 p.m. (EDST) game with National League East rivals, the New York Mets.
The Archbishop’s appearance on the mound kicked off Faith Day at the ballpark. During his visit, His Excellency mingled and chatted with players and coaches, including Nationals Manager Dusty Baker, and U.S. Military veterans on hand to watch the game.
Auxiliary Bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodríguez of the Archdiocese of Washington gave the “play ball” command at the outset of the first inning. The Nationals went on to win 9 to 4.
Fans were treated to a postgame performance by local gospel choirs. Select players were on hand to share stories on how their Christian faith impacts their lives. Five dollars of every ticket sold to online purchasers using the coupon code “FAITHDAY” will go to benefit the House DC, an Anacostia-based non-profit focused on supporting inner city youth.