PRESS RELEASE – President Barack Obama to throw ceremonial first pitch when Washington Nationals host NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day – nationals.com
Obama to throw out first pitch – Nats Insider
After snubbing the Washington Nationals Opening Day last year, President Barrack Obama will throw out the first pitch this year before the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies. I’m fully expecting a partisan crowd, just like in 2008 when George W. Bush did the honors. I wasn’t at the 2005 opener. Prepare to get to the game early. I’m glad the president is following the custom, this will be the 48th presidential home opener for Washington.
This is the 100th anniversary year of a president throwing out the first pitch. The practice began with William Howard Taft in 1910. Every sitting president has thrown our the first pitch during his term when Washington had a team; Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush (41) and Bill Clinton missed out. Harry S Truman threw with different hands in different years.
Oh and about Opening Day — looks like mighty nice weather (weather.com). I’ll be bicycling over to Nationals Park. Also, get there early, gates open at 10 a.m. The pregame festivities look pretty good to, featuring James Brown of NFL Today (a co-owner of the Nats, unless he sold his stake) and George Will which means I have to link to this video.
No Charlie Brotman though, I didn’t see his name any where.
Remember when they used to say “throwing the first ball?”