DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Col. Scott V. DeThomas, commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rays' Opening Day game against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on March 31.
DeThomas is responsible for more than $2.8 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $249 million. MacDill represents a major economic influence within the Tampa Bay community, with a total economic impact of over $5 billion annually.
He 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: Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Monte Irvin and Al Lopez
1999: Larry Doby
2000: Wade Boggs
2001: St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer
2002: U.S. Army Gen. 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: Governor Charlie Crist
2008: Governor Charlie Crist and Buccaneers great Mike Alstott
2009: Governor Charlie Crist
2010: Adm. Eric Thor Olson, commander, U.S. Special Ops
2011: Governor Rick Scott
2012: Jim Dundee, son of late boxing legend Angelo Dundee
2013: Rays senior advisor Don Zimmer
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.