Ashland firefighter throws first pitch at Cleveland Indians game on Labor Day

As part of the Cleveland Indians Union Day-Labor Day festivities, one lucky winner was chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Cleveland Indians prepare for a match-up against their Central Division rivals, the Detroit Tigers.

Chad Balliett, a firefighter with the Ashland City Fire Department, was randomly chosen from among the hundreds of workers that are participating in the pre-game activities to throw out the first pitch. "I am very excited and a little nervous at the same time," said Balliett. "I am very proud to represent all Ohio workers, and every one of my brothers and sisters at my firehouse and across Ohio that make us all safer every day," he said.

Tim Burga, President, Ohio AFL-CIO and Harriet Applegate, Executive Director North Shore CLC, will lead union members around the warning track before the game, and before Mr. Balliett takes the mound as the Indians' ceremonial starter. This is Mr. Balliett's first major league start and he has no prior professional baseball experience.

Mr. Balliett will be celebrating much more than Labor Day. The event just happens to coincide with his 38th birthday. Happy birthday Chad, and thank you for your service.

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