Jai Lewis to Throw First Pitch of Ironbirds’ Season

Posted: June 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Friday, the Aberdeen, Md., Ironbirds will play their first home game of the season. Fittingly, a local hero will be on hand to throw out the first pitch for the Orioles’ minor-league affiliate.

Mason’s Jai Lewis, one of the heroes of the Patriots’ Final Four run this past season, will toss out the ceremonial pitch that will open the season for the Ironbirds. The short-season team, which is classified just below “A” ball, will be hosting the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7:35 p.m. at Ripken Stadium.

Lewis is a graduate of Aberdeen High School and joins an illustrious list of local celebrities to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season. In 2004, former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell threw out the first pitch, and in 2005, University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams tossed the first ball of the season.

“We are excited that Jai Lewis will be joining us on Opening Day and continuing our tradition of outstanding ceremonial first pitch honorees,” Ironbirds General Manager Aaron Moszer said in a press release on the Ironbirds’ web site. “As an Aberdeen High School alumnus and with his amazing run with George Mason, Jai is the ideal candidate to start the 2006 Ironbirds season.”

Lewis will throw the first pitch to former major-leaguer and Ironbirds co-owner Bill Ripken.

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