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Frank Robinson to throw out first pitch at Nationals’ home playoff opener

Oct 3, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Frank Robinson, who managed the Nationals for their first two seasons in Washington, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park’s first ever playoff game.

Robinson has declined the team’s previous offers to be honored in various ways, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the 77-year-old Hall of Famer finally accepted this time around.

Because the ALDS and NLDS begin with the lower seed hosting two home games Robinson’s first pitch will come in Game 3, although the exact date and time isn’t known yet. It’ll either be Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

  1. shaggylocks - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Hey, Teddy won!! How come you haven’t replaced all Top Stories with this one?

  2. natsattack - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Teddy wins! After a home run from Zimmerman and a Morse double, a small graphic popped up: “Nats have 6 total bases since Teddy won.”

    Side note: accidentally posted on wrong thread earlier.

  3. jmcnick - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Manny Acta and Jim Riggelman are available for games 4 & 5. They can’t use Strasburg, too many innings.

    • tcostant - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      LOL jmcnick

      Or Elijah Dukes if he is not still in jail…

  4. natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Frank Robinson is a winner. He waited for the team to become a winner. I look forward to seeing him whenever Game 3 is played.

  5. kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I will always appreciate that F-Robby kept the franchise together during the MLB’s awful reign of ownership error.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      But the Nats let him go, soon after he’d said he’d like to manage a couple more years. That may be why he’s been rebuffing them up to now.

      Frank Robinson is in an exclusive club, along with Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher and Yogi Berra, and he would have been the only one capable of holding the record alone, if he’d managed just a couple more years. Through playing and managing, those four men are the only ones to have been thrown out of a major league game in five different decades.

      When the Nats fired him, they denied him a chance for six and sole possession of the record. I’m surprised he’s so magnanimous about it.

      • voteforno6 - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Maybe he’ll be able to talk another foul ball into a home run.

  6. timpaz - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Nice that the two teams Robby played for the Os and the Reds , and one of the teams he managed the Nats are in the playoffs, congrats to all.

  7. scchamil - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Reds should ask him too. Worst trade in the history of the franchise. All time great.

    • mazblast - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      That would require class.

      I agree about the trade. My family moved to Cincinnati during the 1966 season, and the fans already knew it was a stinker of a deal, mere months after it was done. Two of the three players received from Baltimore were stiffs and were sonn gone, and the third, the very competent Milt Pappas, never stood a chance with the rightfully outraged fans and was endlessly abused for the two or three years he was with the team.

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