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The Nationals Apparently Chose A Trump Critic To Throw Out The First Pitch Of Game 5

A general view of the Washington Nationals stadium.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: A general view in the third inning of the Washington Nationals and New York Mets game at Nationals Park on July 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

If the Houston Astros can take just one of the next two games, the Washington Nationals will be back in our nation's capital for Game 5 of the World Series. But while President Donald Trump volunteered to throw the first pitch of that potential game, the Nationals had other ideas.

According to CNN White House Correspondent Jeremy Diamond, the Nationals confirmed in a press release that the President will not be throwing out the first pitch.

Instead, humanitarian chef Jose Andres will throw the first pitch if needed.

The Nationals pointed to Andres' ties to the city and his humanitarian work as part of their decision to bring him in.

Andres took to Twitter shortly after Diamond's post and confirmed the invitation. He called it "a big big honor" and added that he hopes the Nationals won't need a Game 5.

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...

But in addition to being a humanitarian, Andres is an outspoken critic of the president. He famously sued the Trump Organization when he tried to get out of his restaurant's contract with them. The Trump Organization countersued, and the two sides reached a settlement.

Washington is 2-0 in the series and seeking its first-ever world championship.