Robinson's first pitch to be prior to NLDS Game 3

Robinson's first pitch to be prior to NLDS Game 3

WASHINGTON -- Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson will throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, according to a baseball source. The Nationals have yet to formally make an announcement.

Robinson was the Nationals' first manager, guiding them to a combined 152-172 record in 2005 and '06. Their best season was in '05, when they went 81-81 and were in the pennant race until the middle of September. Robinson also managed the Expos from '02-04. Montreal had a record above .500 in two of those three years.

"It's an honor for me. I appreciate them reaching out to me and asking me to do that. ... I feel very honored and gracious," Robinson said on Monday when the invitation was first extended to him.

Shortstop Ian Desmond was happy to learn that Robinson will throw out the first pitch. It was Robinson who gave Desmond his first chance to prove himself in Spring Training in 2005.

"Frank is a role model of mine. He was not only great on the baseball field, but he is a good man, a good manager," Desmond said. "He played a big [part in my career]."