Obama to throw out first pitch at Nationals opener

President Barack Obama will toss the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park in Washington next week, the team announced Monday.

Reports emerged last year that Obama would throw out the first pitch in D.C., but the 44th president declined the invitation from the Nationals.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton appeared to confirm the appearance in a Twitter post.

According to the team, the tradition began 100 years ago, beginning with President William Howard Taft.

Obama will become the second sitting president to throw out the first pitch for the Nats. President George W. Bush did it in 2005, the team's inaugural season in D.C. and then in 2008 for the opening of their new stadium.

Last year, Obama threw out the first pitch for his favorite team, the Chicago White Sox. The president also threw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game last year.

The Washington Nationals open their season against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 5. Earlier that day, Obama will host more than 2,000 children and their families at the White House for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

(Photo: Obama throwing out first pitch in Chicago)