Donald Trump Declines to Throw 2017’s Ceremonial First Pitch

by Ben Porter | Posted on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
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Don’t blame Donald Trump for declining to throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch in our nation’s capital.

The Washington Nationals extended an offer for President Donald Trump to commence their season on April 3rd with a ceremonial first pitch. However, President Trump declined the invitation.

Now, I know what you might be thinking… Baseball is America’s national pastime, who better to kick off the 2017 baseball season than our President? Rejecting that offer is very un-American of him. And while you have sound logic, consider the President’s point of view.

A man of unwavering confidence, President Trump could surely deliver a great pitch, the best pitch to start off our baseball season. Nobody throws better pitches than Donald. But after much controversy and media attention, there are only downsides to President Trump accepting this invitation.

Ceremonial first pitches are thrown before almost every professional baseball game that is played during the course of a season. How many of them do you hear about or see? The answer is very very few. What do all of the ones that make the news and blow up on social media have in common? They don’t reach the plate and often sail wide of either batter’s box. Think 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, and Mark Wahlberg, just to name a few.

It has become common knowledge that Donald Trump has small hands, and while this has gone overlooked in his business endeavors and political campaigns, it cannot be overlooked in the realm of sports. There are many reasons why a ball might slip out of a person’s hand while they’re pitching, but if President Trump’s first pitch does not cross through the strike zone, his hand size may be to blame.

All things considered, President Trump is towards the very beginning of his presidency. A poor ceremonial first pitch could be a premature nail-in-the-coffin for him. For someone who has been such a victim of the crooked and corrupt liberal media, there is no limit to the number of memes and jokes he will become the center of if he fails.

So, when you start to question President Trump’s motives for not throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, I implore you to reconsider. I am sure that our President has fluid arm action and his breaking ball would freeze opposing batters. But throwing strikes is not the work of the POTUS. Think of what is to be gained, and think of what is to be lost. The reward is simply not worth the risk, and it takes a very self-aware man to acknowledge that.

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Ben is a sophomore at Columbia University where he plays baseball. He loves everything about the game and is a little biased toward the Boston Red Sox, Ben has future ambitions of a career in sports media, follow him on Twitter @Ben13Porter

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