The Washington Nationals will celebrate Army Day on Wednesday. (Alex Brandon/AP)
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It’s Army day at the Washington Nationals’ ballpark on Wednesday, and you won’t believe the lineup.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno will throw out the first pitch. Sergeant Major of the Army Ray Chandler will do lineup card delivery. Secretary John McHugh will deliver the game ball. And Lt. Gen. Mary Legere, the intel chief, will announce it’s time to “Play ball.”
The Nats will take on the Houston Astros in the second of a two-game home series starting at 7:05 p.m.
Soldiers are invited to Nationals park on the 2014 season’s day to honor the Army.
In this season’s Military Branch Days, the Nationals will honor all five service branches with their own patriotic-themed game day. The team will also keep its tradition of the salute to service members during every game.
Fans with a military ID can get a $5 discount at the Nationals Park Box Office. Soldiers can also buy discounted tickets in advance at most Washington-area Morale, Welfare and Recreation Offices or at nationals.com/heroes.
For Wednesday, the Army will be honored before, during and after the game. More highlights, according to Nationals officials:
■The Army Blues band Swamp Romp will play before the game at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk before the game.
■The National Anthem will be sung by the United States Army Chorus.
■The Continental Color Guard will present the nation’s colors along with the United States Army Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
■The starting eight will be soldiers’ children.
■The Army Drill Team will perform in center field.
If you go, show up hungry. Hot dogs will be $1 each before the sixth inning.