July 14th, 2009
08:29 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama set to take the mound at All Star game

Obama will throw out the first pitch at Tuesday's All Star game.
Obama will throw out the first pitch at Tuesday's All Star game.

(CNN) - He missed Opening Day while traveling in Europe, but President Obama gets his first moment on the mound Tuesday night.

The president will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis. The White House said he is taking part to highlight his United We Serve program, with community service the center of the pre-game festivities.

Major League Baseball will honor five community volunteers as part of their "All-Stars Among Us" program. Obama and all living former presidents will appear in a community service video before the game.

After the video is shown, Obama will take the field at Busch Stadium and greet the six St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Fame players. He then will throw the first pitch to Cardinals' All-Star first baseman Albert Pujols.

MLB said the president will wear a specially made glove for his appearance, with a script Obama 44 and an American flag on it. The glove will then be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The president will travel to St. Louis after making remarks on the economy in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Michigan earlier in the day.

Obama will become the fifth president to throw out the first pitch at an All-Star Game, but the first in 33 years.

UPDATE: At a photo opportunity with Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende Tuesday morning, Obama was asked if had been practicing for the nationally-televised pitch. "I think it's fair to say I wanted to loosen up my arm," he said. "I just want to keep (the pitch) high."

While this will be Obama's first trip to the mound as president, he has previous pitching experience. He threw out the first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game in 2005, joking at the time that the pitch may not have topped 30 miles an hour, but it did clear the plate.


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. audacity of a dope

    TOTUS Has Crashed who is running the country?????I hear flags will be lowered to half staff today, such a sad day for Amerika

    July 14, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. JMS

    Obama took the CLASS out of being a President. No President should be on TV this much.. How much money are we spending in Security alone every time he wants to step outside for activities like this? Does he really need to fulfill his dreams on the TRUE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    July 14, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Susan

    cool...sounds like fun...will stay tuned for that one

    July 14, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Mike C. from Canada

    Our Toronto Blue Jays might soon lose the magnificent Roy Halladay to free agency.

    If President Obama let go of some good ceremonial first pitch "heat", we could sign him up in 2013.

    July 14, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Jack Carlson

    HOW MUCH WILL THAT COST THE POOR AMERICAN PEOPLE, some don't have food. That spending fool !
    Jack
    WA

    July 14, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Go Mr President Obama, ok I wonder how many people will say he should doing other things. What ever you do people will whine about something even ME.

    July 14, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Doug

    "Obama will through out the first pitch at Tuesday's All Star game."

    Are there no literate prufreederz anymore?

    July 14, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Dennis

    I will skip the opening pitch. Probably a good time to go get a beer.

    July 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. ernaE

    We'll be watching from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles!!! We love this guy

    July 14, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Sniffit

    first GOPer to claim he's not doing any work gets a cookie...tear shaped...wrapped in tissues....with the word "crybaby" spelled out in icing on it...

    July 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    The catcher should line up right in front of the dugout since everything Obama touches seems to go far left.

    July 14, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Idiot_Pelosi

    Great. Now the "American Idol WANTABE" is going to ruin the All Star Game. No one wants to see this lying schmuck.

    July 14, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Who cares?

    I'm from Pittsburgh. The Steelers and the Penguins are world champions and proud organizations. The Pittsburgh Pirates are on their way to a record setting 17 losing seasons. It's shameful and unexcusable. Screw baseball!!

    July 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. I laugh at comrade Limbaugh daily

    Great job President Obama.I dont pay any attention to the paid rightwing radical street teamers like TCM or the other names she uses.If she isnt getting paid to post,she should get paid,shes on here all day long spewing her lying Rush Limbaugh talking points.Is that you Snerdly?hahaha

    July 14, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. JGB

    Wow – Big News story! He doesn't want the American flag on his glove. This is the man who refused to wear the flag or honor it.

    July 14, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. TCM

    I wonder if he'll appoint a Baseball Czar? Someone to study the game of baseball, to make sure it's fair. Perhaps the Czar will ensure that better hitters will have to use heavier bats, and that poor hitters get 4-5 strikes; you know, even the playing field.

    July 14, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Legna

    He will probably throw a wild pitch as he has done with the economic policy. The news media will report it as a strike and use CIA,Bush policy,Chaney, and Michael Jackson to deflect the true facts.

    July 14, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. JeromeMJ

    Once again BO is playing games instead of working. The country is in bad shape and getting worse and he just keeps talking. Words without actions. Some day he will actually visit someplace in the US that is not in the north. He is the President of few and all of those who supported him will turn on him and it will be very ugky.

    July 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Ryan Indy

    What a Loser, bet he doesnt throw from the mound and doesnt even get the ball to the plate.

    July 14, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Dominic

    Hopefully its better than bush did. I dont mean that in a political way, but seriously my 13 year old could have done better...Obama come on now, make us proud

    July 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. DB Reader

    "Obama will through out the first pitch at Tuesday's All Star game." per the photo caption.

    Does proof reading occur anymore? Is he going through the air or throwing the ball? The web is a great substitute for print media while quickly eroding literary quality.

    The game will be nice

    July 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. In Oregon

    Awesome, your doing just fine Mr. President.

    July 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. DBNY

    "Obama will through out the first pitch at Tuesday's All Star game."

    Does proof reading occur anymore? Is he going through the air or throwing the ball? The web is a great substitute for print media while quickly eroding literary quality.

    Hope the game is entertaining

    July 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Proud Member..Party of No

    Can't this narcissistic idiot stay away from the cameras for just one day? Now he's going to ruin the All-Star game and this will be the first game I haven't watched since I was 5 years old. Shouldn't he be back in Washington trying to do damage control to his failed administration?

    July 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Too True For You

    This is where the haters jump in with manufactured outrage over a harmless act of humanitarian leadership. Unleash the hounds!

    July 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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