WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are making their pitch to President-elect Joe Biden.
The Nats have invited Biden to toss out the ceremonial first ball subsequent season on opening day. Washington is scheduled to host the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 1.
“We’re excited to proceed the long-standing custom of sitting Presidents throwing out the primary pitch on the house of the nationwide pastime in our nation’s capital,” the staff posted on Twitter this weekend.
Biden final threw out a primary ball as vice chairman, in 2009 when the Baltimore Orioles hosted the New York Yankees on opening day at Camden Yards. The suitable-hander threw a excessive fastball that introduced O’s catcher Chad Moeller out of his crouch.
Biden, a Little League shortstop who later performed heart, has ceaselessly been round ballfields. He noticed the Phillies a couple of instances within the postseason, together with the 2009 World Collection, watched Philadelphia play at Washington in 2012, has visited the Yankees at spring coaching and attended the Little League World Collection.
William Howard Taft started the custom of presidents throwing out the primary pitch in Washington in 1910. Since then, each sitting president besides Donald Trump has thrown out a primary pitch when Washington had a serious league franchise.
Trump attended Sport 5 of the 2019 World Collection at Nationals Park and was booed when launched as Houston performed Washington.
When there wasn’t a staff in Washington, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Invoice Clinton tossed baseballs whereas in workplace at different massive league parks.
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