Who Is Jose Andres? Donald Trump Critic to Throw Ceremonial First Pitch at World Series Game 5

President Donald Trump will attend Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, when the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by one of his most outspoken critics.

Trump, a New York Yankees fan, will be the first sitting president to attend a Fall Classic game since George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium before Game 3 of the 2001 series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On Sunday, however, the first pitch will be thrown by chef Jose Andres, an outspoken critic of the President.

A humanitarian and restaurateur, Andres has repeatedly opposed Trump's policies, most notably his government's response to Hurricane Maria that struck Puerto Rico in 2017.

Following Trump's comments over Mexican immigrants in the lead-up to the 2015 Presidential elections, Andres decided to shelf plans to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

As a result, his companies Think Food Group and Topo Atrio, were sued in July 2015 by Trump Old Post Office, which acts as the hotel landlord. The company claimed damages in the excess of $10 million and sued Andres' businesses for breach of contract.

It was not the first time Trump and Andres, who is Spanish-American, were entangled in a legal quarrel as the latter's companies filed a counter-claim, before the case was settled by the superior court in D.C. in 2017.

In 2018, when Trump rescinded the invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House as part of the traditional post-Super Bowl meeting, Andres invited the Eagles to one of his restaurants instead.

The 50-year-old, who owns restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, South Beach, Florida, Orlando, New York City, and Frisco, Texas, is the founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

The Washington Nationals announced Andres will throw the ceremonial opening pitch on Friday, a day after Trump confirmed he would be attending Game 5.

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Chef Jose Andres is interviewed at a reception where he was presented with a ceremonial key to the Las Vegas Strip to recognize his contributions to the Las Vegas culinary scene as well as for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts at his restaurant, Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, at SLS Las Vegas Hotel on April 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andres, the founder of the nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) for his efforts in feeding victims after natural disasters including wildfires, floods and in particular, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Ethan Miller/Getty

However controversial it may seem to have one of Trump's outspoken critics throw the ceremonial first pitch on a day when the President is scheduled to make an appearance, the choice of ceremonial pitcher was made by the Washington Nationals together with Major League Baseball.

Teams tend to submit their choices of ceremonial first pitchers and it is then left to the MLB to approve them or not.

"The first pitches are our call, and we felt there are many other candidates that should be considered before [Trump]," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner was quoted as saying by The Washington Post. "We just wanted to have the right people. I think we got a nice mix of people."

Trump and Andres are unlikely to cross paths, with the President set to arrive to Nationals Park some time after the game has begun.

"We actually had a conversation with him about first pitches," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

"His view was that in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible, he would arrive at Game 5 sometime after the game began so it wouldn't interfere with fans getting into the stadium. Quite frankly, we were very grateful for that. We thought it was a great decision on the president's part."

The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros go into Game 5 with the series level at 2-2, after the Astros took Game 4 in Washington 8-1 on Saturday night.

The 115th edition of the World Series is only the fifth in history in which both teams have won their first two opening games on the road.

Washington took Game 1 and 2 in Houston, before the Astros bounced back and won two games in a row in the capital.

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