April 23, 2013
The 2012 Navy football team will be honored by the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon before their game against the Cincinnati Reds as part of Military Appreciation Day at Nationals Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM and the game will be televised to a large part of the country on Fox.
The Nationals are offering 3,000 complimentary tickets to members of the military (active duty, dependent, reservist or retiree) in recognition of Military Appreciation Day. Up to two tickets may be claimed for each military ID, though additional tickets in a variety of locations will also be available at a 50 percent discount. Complimentary and discounted military tickets can be picked up at the Grand Staircase Box Office near First Base Gate beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. All seating is subject to availability. Complimentary and discounted military tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first served basis, while supplies last.
Saturday’s pregame ceremonies will include:
*Ceremonial First Pitch thrown by Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
*Game Ball delivery by the United States Marine Corps
*Lineup Card delivery by Deborah Lee James, President, Technical & Engineering Sector, SAIC
*National Anthem performed by the U.S. Army Chorus Quartet
*U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard will present our nation’s colors
*Starting eight featuring children representing the USO Metropolitan Washington
*Play Ball announcement made by Cheryl Hall, COO of USO Metropolitan Washington
*United States Naval Academy Football Team, including head coach Ken Niumatalolo, will be recognized on the field
*USAF Drill Team will perform in Center Field
*U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band Country Current will perform at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk
*The first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through Center Field Gate will receive a miniature American flag.
Navy compiled an 8-5 record in 2012 and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is presented annually to the winner of the football competition among the three major service academies and is named in honor of the President of the United States, for the eighth time in the last 10 years. Navy also participated in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 years and defeated Army for an 11th-consecutive year.