ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Colonel Scott V. DeThomas, Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Tampa Bay Rays season-opening game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Monday, March 31. Game time is 4:10 p.m.
As Commander, DeThomas is responsible for more than $2.8 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $249 million. MacDill AFB represents a major economic influence within the Tampa Bay community, with a total economic impact of over $5 billion annually.
Colonel DeThomas is a native of Rhode Island and received his commission through the Air Force Academy. He has commanded at the group and squadron level and is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours in various aircrafts. Prior to his current position, he served as Commander, 387th Air Expeditionary Group, Southwest Asia.
Previous first pitches at Rays home openers:
1998 Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Stan Musial,
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 Champ
2005 Racing legend Michael Andretti
2006 Al Lopez, Jr., Al Lopez III and Al Lopez IV Monte Irvin and Al Lopez
2007 Governor Charlie Crist
2008 Governor Charlie Crist and Buccaneers’ great Mike Alstott
2009 Governor Charlie Crist
2010 Admiral Eric Thor Olson, Commander, US Special Ops
2011 Florida Governor Rick Scott
2012 Jim Dundee, son of the late boxing legend Angelo Dundee
2013 Rays Senior Advisor Don Zimmer
Source: Tampa Bay Rays Media