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

Obama set to take the mound at All Star game

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/14/art.obamabball.gi.jpg caption="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. 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 |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Baseball,apple pie and a President thats doing a great job for America,not some hillbilly and fake nonhorse riding wannabe that couldnt even manage a team,a state,or a country.

    July 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Don

    He better wear his Sox cap and not bow to the pressure of wearing a St. Louis cap.

    July 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Hans Brecker RI

    Maybe he should be studying things like economics and history insteaed of goofing round on a baseball field....get back to work and finally do something good for the USA............for once

    July 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Bourgeoisie

    This guy is a celebrity. Quick divert attention from failing economy and 10% unemployment, you Obama nuts couldn't smell poop if it was on your knees.

    July 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. daniel

    Question is, is there anything this President can do that won't set the Republicans foaming at the mouth and shooting lighting bolts out their arses? Small minded, peevish, walnut-brained, stooopppiddd, childish, bone headed, I just can't find the right words to describe these prolonged-tantrum-throwing crybabies.

    July 14, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Real Talk

    Its funny too see how many people just hate on this man for no reason. I'm actually happy that we have a president who 75% of Americans actually like regardless of of there political views. Now that I think of it is hard to see a politician actually want to spend time with his wife and kids at every chance gets instead of being somewhere like Argentina with his mistress on Father's day.

    July 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. turn Texas blue

    This is a real American President,not a fraud like Raygun, vice president Bush,and President Cheney.

    July 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Twinkle

    I am sure he will do a better job than Bush!

    July 14, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. CanadianSteel

    I'll be happy to see Mr Obama 🙂

    Maybe he should be like the last prez and take 30 weeks vacation time a year.....You Rep sicken me more and more!

    July 14, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. S. Cooper

    Holy cow ... I've never heard so much whining about a perfectly ordinary thing that nearly every president has done.

    Losing power – in the White House, House, and Senate – has sure turned the right into a bunch of extremely vocal crybabies. I'm genuinely surprised, although I suppose I shouldn't be.

    July 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Expat American

    Bj July 14th, 2009 8:49 am ET
    How are they going to set up his teleprompter on the field?
    Perhaps you can make yourself or your 300 lbs mother useful and hold it up for him.

    July 14, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Just so funny to watch the right wingers spew hatred about something so harmless as throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game. It truly shows what they have been reduced to – infantile and childish name calling. They have nothing to offer and they offer it in such abundance.

    July 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. mockingbird

    Arrogant? Self-serving? MLB invited him, just as they invited other presidents. Every time Barack Obama does something all presidents - or many– have done in the past, a bunch of bloggers, etc., start carping that he has no right ot do it, or he's egoistical. he's the president, for heaven's sake! We all stand up and stretch durign the seventh inning of baseball games because William Howard Taft - a former president - once did so. Was Taft a an egoist? No - he was the president of the USA. Sounds like these people have a fundamental problem accepting Obama's presidency. And by the way - any former Bush voter suggesting that Mr. Obama has to study anything really is laughable. Obama is concentrating on healthcare. Once that goes through, i expect to see rapid movement on the jobs front, and he (and we) will be fine.

    July 14, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. NC

    THINK............that is what liberals and democrats need to do in 2010 and 2012. We need to elect more republicans and independents into office. We must be more conservative with our money and tax dollars. We need to get the people in control of our America again.

    July 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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