The Racing Presidents may be joined at Nationals Park by one of the actual human ones.
Thursday afternoon, President Trump announced that he would attend Game Five of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros. The Nats lead the series two games to none. Game Five would only happen if Washington loses one of their next two games at home.
During a press conference, the President was asked if he’d throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He joked to reporters that he would need a lot of body armor to do so and that he’d be embarrassed looking that “heavy.”
he was asked if he’d throw out the first pitch and said: “i don’t know. they got to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. i’ll look too heavy – i don’t like that.” https://t.co/uEBa42K11q
— Justin Sink (@justinsink) October 24, 2019
The Nationals PR responded in less than an hour saying Trump would not be given the honor.
Per @Nationals PR: President Trump will not throw out the first pitch at Sunday's game.
— Arden Farhi (@ArdenFarhi) October 24, 2019
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have thrown out first pitches in the past for the Nationals during regular-season games. Obama wore a Chicago White Sox hat while Bush wore an oversized Nationals jacket.
During his time in office, President Trump has never been to a Nationals game but has attended two Army-Navy college football games.
Earlier in the day, the Washington Post reported that former Nationals closer Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider will throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Game Three. The two players were part of the original 2005 team.
The Nationals returned home from Houston at 4:30 pm at Dulles Airport.
The @Nationals are home! Our chopper was overhead as the team landed at Dulles this afternoon with a cushy 2-0 lead over the Astros in the World Series #StayInTheFight Watch: https://t.co/e1xT8jHzFy pic.twitter.com/aGnqPtDipD
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) October 24, 2019
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