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Trump Undermines Tradition–Again. This Time With Baseball

April 5, 2018

Each president knows the passion that Americans have with baseball.    Hot dogs, apple pie, spring breezes, and baseball are held dear to millions of fans.

So the news that Donald Trump is oddly not going to follow a tradition other presidents have loved to engage in on the opening day of baseball is just added proof to his bizarre personality.  Just another way for Trump to spit on the nation.

Presidents participating on opening day is a spring ritual celebrating baseball, a tradition that has been observed for more than a century.  The optics are clear for all–well, almost all–to see.  Opening Day in Washington afforded presidents an opportunity to mix with their constituents by tossing out the ceremonial first pitch, chomping on peanuts and crackerjacks and voicing an opinion about an umpire’s call.

But Trump must be pouting and constipated as he will not engage in what presidents from the divisive days of the Civil War to the distressing moments following Sept. 11, 2001 have done.  Trump will not honor a grand non-partisan tradition of throwing out the first pitch.

Others who have sat in the Oval Office have gone to the ballpark, and I post a few pics to show them in action.  Smiles and well wishes from Americans around the nation as the first pitch sails through the air.

  1. April 6, 2018 12:40 PM

    Smokey, you missed what Peter said by at least a mile. Make that several miles.

  2. April 5, 2018 11:12 PM

    I hope you don’t equate running the country on an equal level with the little people who watch games… ReallY?

  3. April 5, 2018 6:51 PM

    Trump is trying to remind us that he is an emperor, not a President, and thus does not dirty his hands with the pursuits of the little people.

  4. April 5, 2018 2:36 PM

    Are you smoking something, Smokey? Simply astounding how unaware you are of history. Wilson Had WWI, FDR had depression and WWII, Ike had McCarthy and Korea, JFK had Cuban missile crisis, LBJ had Vietnam, Nixon had opening to China and detente….need I continue?

    The reason that Trump did not throw out the first pitch is that In Washington he carries a 6 percent approval rating, lower than any state in the country. He put his ego ahead of the national pastime.

    Finally as a historian let me go back to the folly of your comment by adding this about Abe Lincoln. In the summer of 1862 he left the White House with his youngest son, Tad, for a baseball game. According to legend, Lincoln sat along the first-base line, Tad positioned between his long legs, and for a few hours forgot about the Civil War and enjoyed watching the game in the warm sun.

  5. April 5, 2018 1:27 PM

    It’s a game….It’s just a game!…. President Trump obviously has a lot more on his plate than those who went before him – because he is trying to do the job that America hired him to do.

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