Brad Snyder, a 2002 graduate of Northeast High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, will throw out the first pitch on Saturday, April 7. In 2011, the 28-year-old Navy lieutenant was working with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade land mine that left him blind.
An avid Rays fan and Clearwater resident, Angelo Dundee passed away on February 1 at the age of 90. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 after a career that spanned six decades training 15 world champions, including Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, George Foreman and his first, Carmen Basilio who was crowned in 1955. His son, Jim, is an optician with a practice in Clearwater.
A third-year Jazz/Music Industry major at Florida A&M University, 20-year-old BK Jackson has performed the anthem at the Rays home openers in 2009 and 2011, Game 1 of the 2008 American League Division Series, all four games of the 2008 American League Championship Series and Game 3 of the 2011 American League Division Series.
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 Champion
2005 Racing legend Michael Andretti
2006 Al Lopez, Jr., Al Lopez III and Al Lopez IV
2007 Florida Governor Charlie Crist
2008 Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Buccaneers’ great Mike Alstott
2009 Florida Governor Charlie Crist
2010 Admiral Eric Thor Olson, Commander, US Special Ops
2011 Governor Rick Scott
Except for scattered singles and obstructed view seats, Opening Day is sold out. Tickets are available in all categories for the remaining two games of that season-opening series against the Yankees, April 7-8.