Jorge Posada to throw first pitch at Yankees home opener

Jorge Posada will throw the ceremonial first pitch for the 110th home opener in franchise history, the Yankees announced on Wednesday.

The five-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, who announced his retirement after last season, will become the 11th former Yankees player to receive the Opening Day honor. The start of Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

Posada will also be honored with the ‘Pride of the Yankees Award’ at the 2012 Homecoming Dinner on Thursday in New York.

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 have asked fans to budget ample time when planning their trip to the Stadium and urge their fans to use public transportation.

Jeremy Jordan, one of the stars of the Broadway musical Newsies, will sing the national anthem, which will be followed by a Navy F-18 Super Hornet ceremonial flyover. A giant American flag will be unfurled by 75 West Point cadets, while the West Point Color Guard will present the colors.

During the seventh-inning stretch, Paul Nolan of the Broadway hit Jesus Christ Superstar will perform “God Bless America,” the team announced.

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