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MacDill commander to throw out Rays’ first pitch

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

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