For over a century every president has thrown out a ceremonial first pitch during their time in office, either for Opening Day, the All-Star Game or the World Series. Watching the president throwing out the first pitch is as American as apple pie or baseball, but leave it to Trump to disregard precedent and tradition.
Trump notified Major League Baseball (MLB) that he wasn’t going to throw out the ceremonial first pitch or make other public appearance, ostensibly because he didn’t want to be a distraction. The real reason may be that he didn’t want to expose himself to ridicule and humiliation.
Another reason why Trump may have refused to throw out the ceremonial first pitch is that his tiny hand has trouble handling a baseball. Pick up a golf ball no problem, throw a baseball and look like an uncoordinated fool, no way.
Trump may have tried to keep a low profile to spare himself from the crowd’s wrath, but he was greeted with a thunderous chorus of boos when he was introduced after the third inning during the Nationals’ salute to veterans. As the next inning began, fans shouted “lock him up”, illustrative of the fact that Trump wasn’t in Kansas anymore or at a Trump rally where the chant “lock her up” is ubiquitous, but in the nation’s capital where citizens are cognizant that he’s the real villain.
Trump and wife Melania sat in the Washington Suite and were joined by sycophants the likes of Lindsey Graham, Matt Gaetz and Mark Meadows. I’m sure these weasels tried to comfort the stable genius by telling him that MLB and the Nationals were part of a conspiracy to allow only Democrats into the game in order to embarrass him.
I hope this will be the last appearance that Trump makes in the World Series, baseball is supposed to be a temporary respite from real life, and the president screws up everything he takes a part in.