Cheney to throw out first pitch at Nats' home opener

WASHINGTON -- Vice president Dick Cheney will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener next week, the team said Wednesday.

The Nationals' first home game of the season is Tuesday afternoon against the New York Mets.

Since 1910, 12 presidents and four vice presidents have thrown a
ceremonial pitch in Washington.

Last year, the capital's first with a baseball team since 1971, President Bush tossed out the first pitch at the home opener. Many
fans were late to their seats because security lines at metal detectors -- installed for the president's visit -- were still 20 deep when the game began.