President Bush, whose approval rating ranks somewhere around that of the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants, has one of the best arms in the history of opening day presidential tossers.
The President christened Nationals Park last night with the first pitch. His pitch went went high and to the right–somewhere the most unpopular president in history has almost always been. “I didn’t want to bounce it,” said the President to ESPN’s Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. “So, I came in with the high heat.”
Wearing a Nationals jacket, the President was mostly booed by the Washington crowd, but there were some cheers sprinkled in too.
The tradition of the President throwing out the first pitch began with President Taft in 1910. Taft made his fat pitch from the stands, but today, Presidents go out on the rubber for their tosses, at least President Bush does.
President Bush left the game after the fifth inning. He had a long day ahead of him today–a 5000 mile trip to the Ukraine. That’s a much longer road trip than the Nationals had who headed up I-95 to beat the Phillies in their home opener.