Holder goes from war zone to the strike zone (hopefully)

July 2, 2010

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who just returned from Afghanistan, is making another trip — to a baseball game. GUANTANAMO/

The nation’s top law enforcement official will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight’s game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

The 59-year-old Holder, who grew up in New York City, is a longtime fan of the Mets, and a big baseball as well as a basketball fan.

He just returned to Washington from a one-day visit to Kabul, where he met President Hamid Karzai as well as senior Afghan and U.S. officials to discuss fighting corruption and other law enforcement matters.

Tonight’s baseball game will be the first time that Holder will make the ceremonial first pitch as attorney general. No word on whether he is practicing his fastball.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Holder at news conference at Justice Department)

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