The University of Texas is headed to the College World Series in Omaha, but the school’s baseball team will receive another honor Thursday in the nation’s capital.
Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin), will honor former University of Texas coach Augie Garrido at Thursday’s 2018 bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, according to a news release from Williams.
Garrido died on March 15. He was 79.
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The game is scheduled on the one-year anniversary of a shooting at the GOP congressional baseball team’s practice in Alexandria, Va. Multiple people, including Zach Barth, a legislative correspondent for Williams, were injured in the shooting.
Williams, who is the manager of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, will wear Garrido’s jersey number for a portion of the game.
“Augie’s passing was a great loss not only to the baseball community, but to our nation as a whole,” Williams wrote in the news release. “His love for the game was evident through his everyday actions – whether it was leading two different schools to bring home the national title, or being only one of three coaches to win five or more NCAA titles – Augie impacted and inspired players and Americans alike.
“In an effort to honor my good friend’s legacy, I will be wearing a University of Texas baseball jersey with his number, #16, on the back. If you play the game or just love to watch, it is up to us to keep his legacy alive; this one’s for you, Augie.”
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. EST.
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