A Philadelphia Police officer praised for chasing down a gunman who police say ambushed the officer will throw out the first pitch at the Phillies Home Opener Monday afternoon.
Officer Jesse Hartnett will throw the first pitch just moments before the Phillies take the field to face the San Diego Padres at 3 p.m.
You can watch the game LIVE on NBC10 following the 'Welcome Home Phillies' Special at 2 p.m.
Hartnett, 33, spent two weeks in the hospital after the January attack. He has undergone multiple surgeries after being shot three times in the arm. Edward Archer, 30, faces attempted murder and other charges in the ambush-style shooting. Police say he confessed to the shooting.
Despite being shot, Hartnett returned fire and helped capture Archer, police said.
The first pitch is part of an afternoon full of activities at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.
The festivities begin at noon with a block party on Citizens Bank Park Way featuring live music and a Ferris wheel. The block party is open to the public and you won’t need a ticket to take part in it. [[375208531, C]]
For those who do have tickets to the game, gates open at 12:35 p.m. and each fan will receive a free Opening Day commemorative Phillies cap. The Phillies will then enter the park from center Field, giving fans the chance to see the players up close before they take the field. Click here for full Opening Day festivities.