Major League Baseball today announced details for the ceremonial and off-field activities surrounding Game One of the 2015 World Series, which will be hosted by the American League Champion Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The 111th Fall Classic between the Royals and the National League Champion New York Mets begins tonight, Tuesday, October 27th, with coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
GEORGE BRETT TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: Baseball Hall of Famer and Royals Vice President of Baseball Operations George Brett will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game One. Brett threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game Two of the 2014 World Series.
ANDY GRAMMER SINGING NATIONAL ANTHEM: Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will perform the National Anthem. Grammer, the pop star who topped charts with his #1 song "Honey, I'm Good," arrives in Kansas City, Missouri following his seventh week as a competitor on the primetime television competition Dancing with the Stars. The music video for his new single "Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)" will premiere during the first week in November. S-Curve Records will release a deluxe version of Grammer's Magazines or Novels album on November 20th with four new tracks including "Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)."
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.
COMMISSIONER MANFRED VISIT TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER KANSAS CITY - THORNBERRY UNIT: Prior to Game One, Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. visited the local Boys & Girls Club as Major League Baseball and the Royals hosted a fun, baseball-skills oriented event. The event featured a variety of stations that offer the kids the opportunity to experience what it is like to perform in unique, exciting game situations including hitting. This effort sought to highlight the game's commitment to youth, particularly through the PLAY BALL initiative, and to celebrate Baseball's partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the official charity of Major League Baseball. Former Royals starting pitcher Dennis Leonard also attended.
"GOD BLESS AMERICA" PERFORMANCE: Singing "God Bless America" before the bottom of the 7th inning will be United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Keisha Gwin. Gwin is a vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America.
BUDWEISER OUR HERO SEATS: Sergeant Aaron Becker - Sergeant Aaron 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.
BUCK O'NEIL LEGACY SEAT: Henry Wash - 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.
FIRST-BALL DELIVERY: 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.