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President to open new Nationals Park

President to open new Nationals Park

VIERA, Fla. -- President George W. Bush has accepted the Nationals' invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the team's season opener against the Braves at Nationals Park on March 30. Game time is at 8:05 p.m. ET.

The occasion will mark the second time President Bush has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at a Nationals game. The first one occurred on April 14, 2005, when Washington played its first game at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.

"Unless there is a national crisis, he has been warming up since December [to throw the pitch]. He is very excited about it," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said.

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President Bush has attended four Nationals games, and the team is 2-2 in those games. The last time he was at a Nationals game was July 5, when the Nationals lost to the Cubs, 4-2.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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