Trump says he will throw first pitch at New York Yankees game in August


Speaking from the podium in the White House briefing room, Trump said team president Randy Levine “asked me to pitch the first pitch” at Yankee Stadium. Trump said he accepted the offer and asked Levine, ‘How is the crowd doing? ”

“You don’t have a crowd,” the president said. “There is nothing like that. ”

The first announced launch came about an hour before Dr.Anthony Fauci – the country’s leading infectious disease specialist who recently served as a punch bag to some in the White House – launched the first launch at Nationals Park in Washington. .

At this point, Trump was the only modern president not to throw a first pitch in a Major League Baseball game during his tenure, breaking a tradition that dates back to 1910.

On opening day that year, William Howard Taft launched the first ceremonial pitch in Washington. It was a day that marked the beginning of two historic baseball traditions: Later, Taft accidentally made up the seventh inning when he stood up, forcing the crowd at Griffith Stadium – assuming the president was leaving the game – to stand. the anticipation of his departure (or according to the legend).

Taft’s opening day draw sparked an early season tradition that spans over a century. While presidents of the 1920s and 1930s often threw the first pitch before World Series games, a president who got into rubber during the Fall Classic has been much rarer in recent memory.

There was talk of Trump throwing the first pitch in last year’s World Series game, but he hesitated at the idea, saying he would have to wear “a lot of heavy armor” to make such an appearance. .

“I’m going to look too heavy. I don’t like it, ”he said at the time.

Instead, celebrity chef José Andrés, a prominent Trump critic, threw the first pitch before Trump reached his seat.

Yet Trump’s reluctance is not due to an inability to get the ball over the plate.

According to a number of accounts from his childhood and his time at the New York Military Academy, Trump was a peerless baseball player whose strong arm, home plate power and long frame made him a staple model.

Col Ted Dobias, who was Trump’s baseball coach, said the young Trump was a “good shot and a good pitch” who, in his senior year, was spotted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Trump, who never hesitated to brag about his skills, bragged to author Michael D’Antonio, who wrote a book about Trump, that he was “New York’s best baseball player. When I was young”.

CNN’s Kyle Feldscher, Dan Merica, Alicia Lee and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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