Donald Trump Still Has Not Thrown the Ceremonial First Pitch at an MLB Game

Donald Trump is the first president since William Taft in 1910 not to throw the first pitch at an MLB game.

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Every president since William Howard Taft, the commander in chief famously known for his particularly rotund figure, has thrown a first pitch at an MLB game. Taft unknowingly founded the tradition in 1910 when he became angered by a meeting he had with Suffragists, during which he said that if women could vote "power might be exercised by the least desirable person."

In an effort to calm himself down from the thought of gender equality, Taft headed to Washington, D.C.’s National Park to watch a baseball game. There, the president unexpectedly threw the first pitch, and the rest is basically history. 

Since Taft's improvised gesture, presidents representing both sides of the aisle have made their debuts on the sandlot. Donald Trump, for whatever reason, has yet to engage in the ceremonial practice of throwing the first pitch on Opening Day.  Whether it be based on fear that his hair will fall off, an unwillingness to deal with the swarms of anti-Trumpers likely in the crowd, or failing to live up to the "greatest baseball player in New York" title he once gave himself, the president has avoided the tradition. 

U.S. presidents have thrown the first pitch at a baseball game for more than 100 years — now Trump is ending the tradition

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 28, 2019

Twitter users were quick to respond to the president's disregard for the American past time, particularly after NowThis posted a historical clip of all the past leaders who have thrown the pitch over the last 100 years, in light of March 28 being the beginning of the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

I find it immensely amusing that Trump is too scared to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game

— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) March 28, 2019

Trump would never throw out the first pitch at a baseball game. Why? Baseball is America's game.

— Dr. Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 28, 2019

While ceremonial traditions may not seem like a top presidential priority, the Opening Day pitch actually has quite the symbolic backstory. For example, in the woes of the Great Depression, FDR believed that drawing attention to baseball for the duration of a single game might provide a light-hearted escape for Americans facing financial hardship. 

This is why Trump doesn't throw out the first pitch for MLB's opening day. Whoopsie doodle...

— Christopher Bouzy ( (@cbouzy) March 28, 2019

I heard that Trump was supposed to throw out the first pitch at the Nationals' game, but his bone spurs were acting up again. ⚾️

— Jerry Lutz (@J_Lutz8) March 28, 2019

Whatever the reason may be, he can't bring himself to do something as painless as throwing a baseball.

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