Nationals: President Biden making mistake not throwing first pitch
What exemplifies Opening Day? The clean records, the even standings, the hope every team carries of making it to the postseason, yes, these are all indicators. Presidential bunting hung around the stadium, fresh chalk lines, freshly painted foul poles, yes, these are all indictors. The President of the United States standing in his box seat in the front row throwing a “pitch” to a player as camera’s snap photos, well, apparently not anymore. The Washington Nationals have announced President Joe Biden will not be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
President Biden is making a mistake by not throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals on Opening Day.
President William Howard Taft was the first sitting president to do the honors of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to open the season in nation’s capital, back in 1910. Since then only two presidents have not taken part in the tradition.
Baseball is America’s Pastime. America stands for freedom. The President of the United States oversees that freedom. Therefore, the President should throw out the first pitch.
This tradition shouldn’t even involve politics. This tradition shouldn’t be compared with how other presidents choose to use their free time. Is Biden declining because President Trump was chastised for spending too much time on the golf course? The two should not be related.
Baseball is ever-changing and the aspects of the first pitch have changed as well. President Ronald Reagan was the first to throw the pitch from the pitcher’s mound and not the seats. Who remembers President Bush warming up in the tunnel, preparing for the first pitch after the tragedies of September 11th, 2001? What is baseball if it is not about its superstitions and statistics?
With President Biden out of the mix, seems Dr. Anthony Fauci is now getting loose in the bullpen. Some have called for him to get a “do-over” after his 2020 first pitch debacle. Others have said he blew his chance and shouldn’t get another.
Regardless of who toes the rubber on Opening Day, they won’t hold the prestige of the nation’s top leader.