Your guide to watching the World Series: Special events & guests
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that George Brett will throw the ceremonial first pitch in the 111th Fall Classic between the Royals and the National League Champion New York Mets.
The Baseball Hall of Famer and Royals Vice President of Baseball Operation threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game Two of the 2014 World Series.
On Monday it was announced that Andy Grammer would sing the National Anthem. Additionally, during Grammer’s performance the large United States Flag in the outfield will be held by members of the Whiteman Air Force Base. Following the performance, there will be a flyover of U.S. Navy F-18s.
Grammer has topped charts with his #1 song “Honey, I’m Good,” and has been in the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competition.
‘God Bless America’ will be performed in the 7th inning by United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Keisha Gwin. Gwin is a vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America.
During the game, you may see the cameras capture those sitting in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat and the Budweiser Our Hero Seats.
Here’s a little preview of them:
Henry Wash will sit in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat. Henry Wash was raised in an underserved community and saddled with a myriad of issues, but overcame those circumstances largely due to the mentoring he received throughout his life. Wanting to return the favor, he started High Aspirations, a proactive mentoring program for African-American males, ages 8 to 18. The mission of the program is to raising aspirations by initiating innovative ways to improve lives – socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. Wash hopes, that through this program, he can change the direction of the young men in the Kansas City urban core, resulting in a stronger community.
Sergeant Aaron Becker sits in the Budweiser Our Hero Seat. Sgt. Becker served in the United States Army for eight years as a combat engineer and explosive ordinance clearance agent. Deployed twice, he and his patrol searched for improvised explosive devices, personally finding fifty-four bombs and disposing of them. Hit by 17 total IEDs while in Afghanistan, Sergeant Becker was severely injured by three of them, causing concussions and damage to his spine. The recipient of three Purple Hearts, he also received the Bronze Star for his leadership and Army Commendation Medal with Valor for saving three men after their truck was hit by an IED.
Finally, the first ball will be delivered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year, Whitney Stewart, 18, from the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County in Sarasota, Florida, will deliver the ceremonial first ball to the mound with former Royals pitcher Danny Jackson, who was a key player for the 1985 World Series Champion Royals, winning both Game Five of the ALCS and Game Five of the World Series. Stewart is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.