The White House declined an offer from the Washington Nationals to have President Donald Trump throw out the first pitch for Opening Day, citing a scheduling conflict. For decades, presidents have occasionally thrown out the first pitch for Washington’s team.
Some are already accusing him of being afraid to embarrass himself — like President Obama did.
But, evidence and history show Trump is probably not afraid of throwing out the first pitch. Not only has he done it before, but he was also apparently a star high school baseball player.
Rolling Stone even quoted Trump’s former coach Col. Ted Dobias, who said, “He was good-hit and good-field: We had scouts from the Phillies to watch him, but he wanted to go to college and make real money.”
Daily Mail reported, “He was a standout athlete at New York Military Academy where he was scouted for the Red Sox and West Point.”
By sixth grade, Donald’s power as a right-handed hitter was enough that fielders shifted to left field when he batted. “If he had hit the ball to right, he could’ve had a home run because no one was there,” said Nicholas Kass, a schoolmate. “But he always wanted to hit the ball through people. He wanted to overpower them.”
A catcher, Trump’s uniform was often the dirtiest on the field, and he shrugged off foul balls clanging off his mask. After once making an out, Donald smashed neighbor Jeff Bier’s Adirondack bat on the pavement. The bat cracked, Bier said, but Trump did not apologize.
In those years, youngsters yearned for the new mitts with intricate webbing that Rawlings had begun manufacturing. Peter Brant persuaded his father to help pay for the $30 glove, but Donald could not persuade Fred Trump to buy him one.
Needless to say, Trump was good at baseball, as well as excelling at football. He also has been known to comment on baseball on Twitter, correctly criticizing the Nationals for benching Stephen Strasburg in 2012 (ask any Nats fan).
So much for Washington shutting down Strasburg- they deserved to lose.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2012
Sometimes a scheduling conflict is just a scheduling conflict. I bet Trump will throw a first pitch soon, and it will be Big League.