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Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have announced some of the details of Opening Day.

Gates will open at 11 a.m., and pregame festivities will begin at 12:40 p.m. with both teams being introduced at the baselines. As always, fans are asked to allow plenty of time to deal with traffic and such, and fans are encouraged to take public transportation.

As for the specifics, here’s the announcement from the Yankees…

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by five-time All-Star Mike Mussina. It will mark the first time that Mussina, who will be honored with the “Pride of the Yankees” award at the 2011 Homecoming Dinner on Wednesday night, will throw out an Opening Day ceremonial first pitch. He will become the 10th former Yankees player to be bestowed the Opening Day honor. Mussina was a member of the Yankees pitching staff from 2001-08, compiling a record of 123-72 with a 3.88 ERA. Over his 18-year Major League career, he made 536 combined starts (537 appearances) with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles and went 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts.

Actress and singer Haley Swindal will sing the national anthem, and a giant flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point cadets, while the West Point Color Guard will present the colors.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Michael Minarik of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages will perform “God Bless America.”

Associated Press photo

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