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DC chef and Trump critic to throw out first pitch for Game 5 of World Series

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President Trump will not be throwing out the first pitch if game five of the World Series happens, but he might be in attendance to see one of his critics do so.

The Washington Nationals said Friday that if Game 5 is needed in the World Series against the Houston Astros, acclaimed chef José Andrés will be the one to toss out the first pitch. Trump had said Thursday he planned to attend the game and joked he would require “a lot of heavy armor” if he was to throw the first pitch.

Andrés, 50, is a well-known chef with restaurants across Washington, D.C., and in cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. He also runs the organization World Central Kitchen, which has fed masses of people, including Puerto Ricans suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and furlough federal workers in the District.

The chef has feuded with the president in the past and even canceled a planned restaurant for Trump’s Washington hotel after Trump announced his candidacy for president. The cancellation began a legal battle that ended in the Trump Organization settling.

Andrés said he was honored by the invitation but said he would rather see the Nationals win their first World Series by defeating the Astros during games 3 and 4.

“I’m humbled by the invitation, and I realize is a big big big honor but I really hope that by Saturday night all of WASHINGTON will be celebrating that the @Nationals are the 2019 @MLB World Series Champions,” Andrés tweeted.

[ Opinion: Trump should throw out the first pitch, armor and all]

I’m humbled by the invitation, and I realize is a big big big honor but I really hope that by Saturday night all of WASHINGTON will be celebrating that the @Nationals are the 2019 @MLB World Series Champions…🙏😘😘👨‍🍳⚾️🏆 https://t.co/V6EvP9L7Lr

— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres)
October 25, 2019


The Nationals are leading the series 2-0.