The Nationals announced Friday that D.C. restaurateur and humanitarian José Andrés will throw out the first pitch ahead of World Series Game 5 on Sunday, should the series extend that long.

Andrés said in a tweet early Friday that he was “humbled” by the honor but hopes that the Nats — up two games to none — can wrap things up in Game 4 on Saturday night.

The Nats also announced that the first pitch before Game 4 will be thrown by a player from the team’s youth baseball academy, accompanied by stars Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Two members of the inaugural 2005 Nationals, Chad Cordero and Brian Schneider, will participate in Game 3′s first pitch.

Andrés has been one of culinary Washington’s most prominent names since 1993, when he became chef at Jaleo. Since then he has opened other outposts of the Spanish tapas eatery along with a host of other restaurants in the area. Andrés also received acclaim for his humanitarian efforts for founding World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides meals in the wake of natural disasters.

On Thursday, President Trump announced that he planned to attend World Series Game 5. Andrés, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Spain, has been a longtime critic of the president’s views on immigrants and halted plans to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, spurring a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by the Trump Organization that was settled in April 2017.

After awarding Roger Penske the Medal of Freedom on Oct. 24, President Trump said he would attend the World Series for a potential Game 5 in Washington, D.C. (The Washington Post)

In June 2018, after Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from a planned White House celebration of the team’s Super Bowl championship, Andrés invited the Eagles to eat free at America Eats Tavern, his Georgetown restaurant.

Andrés then invited Trump to a street-party fundraiser for the people of Guatemala after a volcanic eruption there killed nearly 200 people. He also called out the Trump administration for failing to help the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

World Series Game 5, if necessary, will take place at Nationals Park on Sunday, with first pitch at 8:07 p.m. Eastern. Rain is in the forecast for Sunday, though the precipitation should mostly stop before the game begins, according to The Post’s Capital Weather Gang. Should the game be postponed it likely will be played Monday, which is a planned travel day if the series must return to Houston.

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