Johnson wins M's Father of the Year


Sports editor

Federal Way’s Ken Johnson got the thrill of a lifetime Sunday when the 43-year-old father of four got to throw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners-Atlanta Braves Major League baseball game at Safeco Field.

Johnson, who works as a foreman at a commerical painting company, received the honor of throwing the pitch after he was named the Mariners’ Father of the Year Sunday before the nationally-televised game. He was one of five finalists who attended a pre-game banquet.

The sports nut uncorked a perfect strike to centerfielder Mike Cameron, according to Jamie Bohnett, the chairman of Bohnett Memorial, one of the sponsors of the event.

Johnson and his 13-year-old son, Jesse, received free tickets to the game.

“It couldn’t have been a better day,” Bohnett said, “(Ken) is a great guy and they have a great family.”

Johnson was nominated for the award after Jesse wrote an essay during his Sacajawea Junior High School language arts class detailing what his father meant to him.

Jesse ’s essay was one of 3,000 submitted from students around the Seattle area.

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