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Press Secretary Psaki throws first pitch at Nationals Park hours before shooting

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of the Biden administration threw out the first pitch yesterday afternoon at Nats Park.

Psaki headed to Nationals Park. It was there that she threw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres. In announcing that Psaki would be throwing out the opening pitch, the Nationals said that they would be honoring nearby schools throughout the year. “On Sunday, July 18 against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals will host William & Mary Day,” the team said in a press release. “Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, a graduate of William & Mary.”

Throwing an opening pitch is often a honor reserved for presidents and senior officials.  President Joe Biden has yet to throw an opening pitch while in office. Last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was selected to throw the opening pitch for Major League Baseball’s 2020 season opener, but fumbled the ball into the ground. There was a heavy police presence in the area around the stadium on Saturday night.

The Nationals were in the sixth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres Saturday, when several gunshots rang out in rapid succession, sparking fears of a mass shooting in the stadium. Fans poured out onto the field to find cover and flipped tables in a bar to hide behind while players frantically searched for family members in the stands. “It was just a chaotic scene,” umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told The Associated Press. “We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn’t know where it was coming from.”

One of the victims – a woman – was an innocent bystander. She was caught in the crossfire when the gunmen opened fire at each other, Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief, said during a Saturday night press conference. The victim’s injuries are not considered life threatening, Benedict said. The other two people who were shot were in the same car and walked into area hospitals, where they’re being questioned by police. DC police are also looking for the second car. 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: WTOP.COM

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