The Washington Nationals are making a pitch to President-elect Joe Biden for a toss.
The American Professional baseball team, Washington Nationals has just invited Joe Biden for the toss of the ceremonial first ball on the opening day.
Biden who is the new President-elect is all set to enter the White House in January, 2021. It did not take the local baseball team to come for him. Washington Nationals are none other than the American professional baseball team, that is based in Washington DC. If reports are to be believed, the Washington Nationals have invited President-elect Joe Biden to make a toss of the first ball in the opening ceremony in the new season.
Washington is supposed to host the New York Mets at the National Park on 1st April, 2021. This is not something new here, as the Nats have this practice of inviting the sitting president on home ground. Biden has already thrown a ball, as Vice President in 2009. In the year 2009, Biden had thrown the first pitch ON Major Leagues Baseball Opening Day. Previously, Baltimore Orioles had hosted New York Yankees, on the opening day at Camden Yards. Dr Anthony Fauci had thrown out the first pitch as a member of the White House Task Force after fighting off, Corona Virus.
Biden is quite popular as a Little League shortstop, who used to play centerfield. He has been in such playgrounds before as well. He has been a part of the 2009 World Series, and has also watched Philadelphia play at Washington in the year 2012. Biden also managed to make an appearance at the Yankees Spring training and has also attended several Little League World Series. Majorly, William Howard Taft the 27th president of the United States had started this tradition. It all goes back to the 1910s. Since, that time, every single president except Donald Trump has thrown a first pitch. Previously, several other big shots, namely Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton had tossed balls while occupying the White House.
In an interview, the Washington D.C. based club has said that they are pretty excited at the thought of inviting Joe Biden for the first toss. This is along standing tradition that they have cherished and continue to do so. In the mean while Donald Trump becomes the second president to not follow the tradition.
His term is poised to end in January 2021. The other president-elect who did not do so, is Jimmy Carter. Trump had attended several events in the sports arena way back, but it remains to be unearthed why he stayed away from the MLB opening. He had also attended Game 5 of the World Series. However, he did not throw the first pitch due to security concerns. Thus, this is a great time for the people of US and the sports fanatics, to witness a historical moment repeat itself.