Mussina to throw ceremonial first pitch for Opening Day

The Yankees have announced that Mike Mussina will be throwing the ceremonial first pitch for Thursday’s opener against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, among other details.

Here is the complete press release:

The New York Yankees will open the 109th season in franchise history on Thursday, March 31 vs. the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Gates will open to fans with valid tickets beginning at 11:00 a.m., with festivities slated to begin at approximately 12:40 p.m. with the introduction of both teams on the baselines. The Yankees ask their fans to please budget ample time when planning their trip to the Stadium and urge their fans to use public transportation.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by five-time All-Star Mike Mussina. It will mark the first time that Mussina, who will be honored with the “Pride of the Yankees” award at the 2011 Homecoming Dinner on Wednesday night, will throw out an Opening Day ceremonial first pitch. He will become the 10th former Yankees player to be bestowed the Opening Day honor. Mussina was a member of the Yankees pitching staff from 2001-08, compiling a record of 123-72 with a 3.88 ERA. Over his 18-year Major League career, he made 536 combined starts (537 appearances) with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles and went 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts.

Actress and singer Haley Swindal will sing the national anthem, and a giant flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point cadets, while the West Point Color Guard will present the colors.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Michael Minarik of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages will perform “God Bless America.”

For information on taking public transportation to Yankee Stadium, please visit and click on Mass Transit under the Yankee Stadium tab at the top of the page. For parking information, please visit or call (866) 330-7275.


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