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.
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.
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)