Trump will not throw Nationals Opening Day pitch

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals due to a scheduling conflict.

Trump has declined the team’s invitation for Monday, when the Nationals will host the Miami Marlins, a team spokesman told ESPN reporters on Tuesday.

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Presidents have occasionally thrown out the ceremonial fish pitch at baseball games for more than 100 years on Opening Day in Washington.

The pitcher scheduled to pitch for the Nationals is Stephen Strasburg, who Trump had been critical of in 2012 on Twitter.

When challenged by someone who suggested the Nationals shut down Strasburg to prevent him from getting hurt, Trump tweeted: “I hope that’s the reason-otherwise, just plain stupid.”

Presidents to have thrown the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park on Opening Day include George W. Bush and Barack Obama, ESPN said.

President William Howard Taft started this tradition in 1910 when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Senators. Since then, 13 presidents have taken part in the festivities for the Senators and Nationals.

Kelly Haberstroh


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