AW2 Veteran Throws First Pitch of World Series

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AW2 Veteran Tony Odierno throws the first pitch of the 2009 World Series, as First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Yogi Berra look on. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies fans cheered widely last night when AW2 Veteran Tony Odierno threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series between the two clubs. Prior to the throwing out the first pitch, Odierno was joined on the field by First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and baseball legend Yogi Berra, who served in the U.S. Navy during D-Day as a Gunner’s Mate.

Retired CPT Odierno currently works for the New York Yankees in stadium operations and his father is General Ray Odierno, U.S. Commander in Iraq.

To watch video of AW2 Veteran Tony Odierno with Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden, and Yogi Berra, click here to watch the highlights from game one of the World Series on ESPN.com.

Update: To view more photos from the event, click here to view the official White House photo gallery.

In addition to attending the World Series, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden also honored Veterans by visiting the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx and gave out gift bags with Yankees baseball caps and teddy bears to Veterans at the hospital according to the Associated Press.

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