Air Force Col. Scott DeThomas, commander of MacDill Air Force Base, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Rays open the season March 31 against Toronto.
As commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, DeThomas is responsible for more than $2.8 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $249 million.
DeThomas, who took over MacDill last summer, is a Rhode Island native and Air Force Academy graduate.
Game time is 4:10 p.m.
Previous first pitches at Rays home openers:
1998: Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Monte Irvin and Al Lopez
1999: Larry Doby
2000: Wade Boggs
2001: St. Petersburg Mayor David J. Fischer
2002: United States Army General Tommy Franks
2003: Jon Gruden and Rich McKay, Tampa Bay Bucs
2004: Winky Wright, World Junior Middleweight Champ
2005: Racing legend Michael Andretti
2006: Al Lopez, Jr., Al Lopez III and Al Lopez IV
2007: Gov. Charlie Crist
2008: Gov. Charlie Crist and Bucs great Mike Alstott
2009: Gov. Charlie Crist
2010: Admiral Eric Thor Olson, Commander, US Special Ops
2011: Gov. Rick Scott
2012: Jim Dundee, son of the late boxing legend Angelo Dundee
2013: Rays Senior Advisor Don Zimmer