March 31st, 2010
04:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama will take to mound for presidential tradition

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A presidential tradition that dates 100 years will continue Monday."]
(CNN) - A presidential tradition that dates 100 years will continue Monday: President Obama will throw out the first pitch before the Washington Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

John Odell, curator of history and research at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said President William Howard Taft was the first to throw an Opening Day pitch in Washington in 1910.

"Washington has been the historic place for presidential first pitches," he said.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Wake Up

    As much I detest this president, I hope people have more class than the far left wing did in booing bush. remember you are cheering the "presidency" not the president.

    Obama is the worst president in a century.

    March 31, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Doug,lib jersey

    those sitting in the far left dug out of Obama take cover, as his past shows us.

    March 31, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Bedtime for Obonzo

    "There's the pitch, and it's a hard slider to the left, in the dirt!"

    March 31, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Obama throws like a girl

    This was already posted this week, go out and work to find some real news, Obama still will throw like a girl.

    March 31, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. The Calabash Kid

    During the four hour game which the president will initiate, the ball will be in play for about ten minutes. You could watch an entire season of all baseball games in a day if you cut out the parts where the pitcher is scratching himself, the umpire is dusting the plate, and the camera is focused on a cat running across the field (the most exciting event in the history of baseball).

    March 31, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Go ahead Mr. Prez throw the ball 'like a girl' AND wear the grandma jeans we don't care!

    You've worked hard, very hard for us Americans. You deserve to relax. You're fit and lean and permanently tanned! Go have a good time!

    March 31, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. deb0155

    I wish the Washington Nationals would pitch Obama!

    March 31, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. AXH

    That's a lame pitch...just like all his others.

    March 31, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. JJ in NY

    Obama throws like the sissy he is.............

    March 31, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Jai-hoe

    The Nationals are doomed to lose this game; just like Obamessiah predicting Kansas to go the distance and US to get the Olympics, if he is involved they are jinxed!

    March 31, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Dean

    Bet he throws it in the dirt.

    March 31, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Rob Johnson

    Cue some conservative with a joke about Obama being a "lefty" as the picture clearly shows.

    Go ahead, you know you want to do it!

    March 31, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Mark

    Just in! Media declares Obama the best pitcher ever!

    March 31, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |

    Still throws like a wacked out loony lib Dem...

    March 31, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. No More Incumbents

    He throws like a girl............

    March 31, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Jonathan

    tired of this guy

    March 31, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Preston kathy

    I bet your a very good ball player mr presidident go get them

    March 31, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Obama the Liar

    i hope his ego doesn't blow him off the pitching mound.

    March 31, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. DADT

    Don't ask why he throws like a girl !

    March 31, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Slider

    Let's hope he's booed outta there.

    March 31, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. OSU

    Amazing that nobody has an opinion about this goofball, but if it was Sarah Palin, you dumbocrats would be commenting non-stop. Pigs.

    March 31, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Johnny DC

    Everything that Obama does - ESPECIALLY when it was something that Bush did - is considered historic and monumental. Why is this?

    For a guy who campaigned as the anti-Bush, this bum sure does a lot of the same things and demands a lot more of the credit and public awe.

    March 31, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. George

    I'm all for supporting the President and he has my vote . But seriously he throws like a girl... and I don't mean a butch lesbian softball player girl, I mean a pink beret and pig tail girl......

    March 31, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |