President Barack Obama marked a 100-year tradition by throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. Obama threw it high and wide but it was better than his pitch at last year’s All-Star game in St. Louis. He pitched it too short and Cardinal’s first baseman Albert Pujols had to move up to scoop the low pitch.
President was received by a zealous crowd, who welcomed him with cheers with few boos scattered in. He sported khakis, a Nationals jacket and a Chicago White Sox, his favorite team. Obama commenting on his pitch a little later said: “I was a little disappointed with the pitch, … It was high and outside. I was intentionally walking the guy. Fortunately, Zimmerman has a tall reach.”
Obama has strong basketball skills but have found pitching tough. He once said that baseball does not come naturally to him. Twitter was soon flooded by the critical as well as generous review. But he told his audience that he could have come around if he had more time: ”If I had a whole inning, I’m telling you, I would have cleaned up,”.
[Photograph: Jim Young/REUTERS]