WASHINGTON -- Joel Osteen, the popular pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Monday's game at Nationals Park. Osteen and his wife, Victoria, are in Washington promoting his "America's Night of Hope" event at the ballpark April 28.
"We do about 12 of them a year, and we do one ballpark a year," Joel Osteen said. "We did Chicago last year, and we're coming here soon. We came to scope things out and do some media and things like that."
Osteen grew up in Houston as a big Astros fan and has fond memories of watching games in the Astrodome as a kid.
"I've seen them a whole bunch of times, and still see them quite a few times throughout the year," he said. "Probably some of my fondest memories were going with my parents and seeing [Cesar] Cedeno and some of those guys. It's always a special place to go, to the Dome."
As far as faith and baseball are concerned, Osteen sees a connection.
"I just think that baseball is about perseverance and letting go of the night before when it didn't work," he said. "Sometimes we tie those things together. The two are about family."