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Jimmy Carter to throw first pitch at Petco

SAN DIEGO, April 4 (UPI) -- Former President Jimmy Carter will throw the first pitch on Opening Night April 8 at San Diego's new baseball park.

The Padres announced Sunday that Carter would be joined by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy when the team hosts San Francisco in the first regular-season game at the downtown stadium.

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Carter lived in San Diego during his stint in the Navy.

The festivities will also include a heavy military presence including a flyover by Navy aircraft and messages from sailors and Marines aboard the San Diego-based USS Boxer.

The Padres broke in the ballpark this weekend with a pair of exhibition games against Seattle. By coincidence the Padres helped the Mariners inaugurate Safeco Field in Seattle in 1999.

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