Who's Throwing The Opening Day Pitch At National's Park? Not Trump

President Donald Trump was invited to Nationals Park to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the official opening day of baseball season. If you were looking forward to seeing the POTUS stepping up to the mound donning his trademark red cap to wind up for a fastball, however, you're out of luck.

President Trump declined the invitation to throw the Opening Day pitch, reports MASN, a Washington D.C. sports network. The president is a busy man and apparently has a scheduling conflict. A Nats spokesperson only mentioned the conflict, but did not mention what it is.

When it comes to 'America's favorite pastime', there is a long history of presidents being invited to throw out ceremonial pitches to open the season or for special games. The tradition dates back to 1910, when President William Taft was invited to toss the first ball across the plate. Since then, ever president has thrown out at least one ceremonial pitch in an important game.

President Trump still has (at least) three more opening days before he'll be up for re-election, so hopefully, he'll make one of those. Trump, who was a reality television star and high-profile celebrity businessman before he went into politics, has thrown out first day pitches in the past. He's done it for the Boston Red Socks and the New York Yankees.

In 2013, the president bragged on Twitter, "I played football and baseball, sorry, but said to be the best bball player in N.Y. State-ask coach Ted Dobias-said best he ever coached."

Of course, with the country so divided, not all parks say Mr. Trump would be welcome to participate in the ceremony.

John Angelos, Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles (also son of the owner) said that President Trump would not be welcome to throw a pitch at Camden Yards. While talking on a podcast, Angelos charged the president with being too divisive and complained that he made too many hurtful comments during the election.

Angelos said President Trump would have to apologize before Camden Yards would even consider inviting him. Since that's not likely, the people of Baltimore can probably forget about ever seeing the president come out for the first pitch.

Source: Yahoo! Sports
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