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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Original Nats’ battery mates Chad Cordero, Brian Schneider throw out first pitch before World Series

The pitcher and catcher who got the final out of the Nationals’ first game at RFK Stadium in 2005 threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday night’s game against Houston.

When the Nationals asked former closer Chad Cordero and former catcher Brian Schneider to throw at the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, the two men had a problem.

The team wanted them to wear an original jersey from the 2005 season when baseball returned to Washington. The same ones they wore that memorable April 14, 2005 night at RFK Stadium.

Except Schneider had no idea where he stored his jerseys. And Cordero knew most of his were in framed glass cases. The two men schemed and Cordero had an idea: Their parents.


QLE Posted: October 26, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: 2005, brian schneider, chad cordero, first pitch, nationals

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   1. crict Posted: October 26, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5894869)
Cordero was also the last Expos pitcher in the last game in Montreal. Einar Diaz was the catcher however, Schneider sat out that game.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: October 26, 2019 at 12:17 PM (#5894874)
No Will Nieves?
   3. Bote Man Posted: October 26, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5894880)
No Wil Nieves?


Brian Schneider was the catcher on 14 April, 2005 the very first real game back in D.C. which is what this ceremony commemorated.

I'm really, REALLY bummed that Fox TV didn't show the ceremonial 1st pitch last night.

One of my Nats tweeps was seated in the same section as Chad, deep down the RF line; I guess good seats were at a premium even for the team. "Please do us this favor and then we'll stick you in Outer Mongolia to watch the game. THANKS!" Never change, Nats Promotions.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 26, 2019 at 02:20 PM (#5894901)
I'm really, REALLY bummed that Fox TV didn't show the ceremonial 1st pitch last night.
Fox found time to show Buzz Aldrin’s ‘unofficial’ first pitch - although I don’t recall it being described that way - which was little more than a badly done commercial for a commercial. First pitch honors should be baseball-related with strong local ties. Game 1 met the criteria, although the execution was flawed. Some of the other games don’t come close.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: October 26, 2019 at 02:33 PM (#5894903)
Does Fox still seat the actors of its new potential-hit show at the game? I haven't noticed that yet, but I've been half watching the games or sleeping through them.
   6. Joe Bivens, Slack Rumped Rutabaga Head Posted: October 27, 2019 at 07:31 PM (#5895207)
First pitch honors should be baseball-related with strong local ties.

Like the POTUS.
   7. ajnrules Posted: October 28, 2019 at 12:52 AM (#5895331)
No Wil Nieves?


I remember Wil Nieves primarily for being the final out victim in Randy Johnson’s 300th win on June 4, 2009. He also had a catchy walk-up song.

Oh and I guess his first Major League home run was a walk-off shot against the Cubs.
   8. Bote Man Posted: October 28, 2019 at 01:57 AM (#5895335)
You had to be there, Terry.
   9. bbmck Posted: October 28, 2019 at 04:56 AM (#5895336)
2005 Home Opener batteries:

ARI - Javier Vazquez to Koyie Hill
ATL - John Thomson to Johnny Estrada
BAL - Rodrigo Lopez to Javy Lopez
BOS - Tim Wakefield to Doug Mirabelli
CHC - Kerry Wood to Michael Barrett

CHW - Mark Buehrle to AJ Pierzynski
CIN - Paul Wilson to Jason LaRue
CLE - Kevin Millwood to Victor Martinez
COL - Joe Kennedy to JD Closser
DET - Jeremy Bonderman to Ivan Rodriguez

FLA - Josh Beckett to Paul Lo Duca
HOU - Roy Oswalt to Brad Ausmus
KCR - Runelvys Hernandez to John Buck
LAA - Bartolo Colon to Bengie Molina
LAD - Jeff Weaver to Jason Phillips

MIL - Doug Davis to Damian Miller
MIN - Kyle Lohse to Joe Mauer
NYM - Tom Glavine to Mike Piazza
NYY - Randy Johnson to Jorge Posada
OAK - Kirk Saarloos to Jason Kendall

PHI - Jon Lieber to Mike Lieberthal
PIT - Oliver Perez to Benito Santiago
SDP - Jake Peavy to Ramon Hernandez
SEA - Jamie Moyer to Miguel Olivo
SFG - Jason Schmidt to Mike Matheny

STL - Mark Mulder to Yadier Molina
TBD - Dewon Brazelton to Toby Hall
TEX - Kenny Rogers to Rod Barajas
TOR - Dave Bush to Gregg Zaun
WSN - Livan Hernandez to Brian Schneider
   10. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 28, 2019 at 10:58 AM (#5895399)
Nice touch.

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