Bush to continue Opening Day tradition

Updated: April 1, 2004, 2:01 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- When St. Louis Cardinals fans hear the Opening Day command of "Play Ball!" on Monday, it'll be none other than the nation's commander-in-chief throwing out the first pitch.

President Bush will toss the ceremonial pitch when the Cardinals open the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Bush announced his plans Wednesday during remarks to members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He says it's a tradition for the president to throw out the opening pitch, and this year he's decided to do it in St. Louis.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press