Trump Says He Won’t Throw Out First Pitch At Yankees Game

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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 26, 2020. Trump is returning to Washington after spending the weekend at his golf club in nearby Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won’t be throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium next month after all.

Trump tweeted Sunday that he won’t be able to make the trip because of his “strong focus” on the coronavirus, vaccines and the economy. Trump said in the tweet: “We will make it later in the season!”

He had announced at a briefing Thursday on Major League Baseball’s opening day that he’d be at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15 to throw out the first pitch.

Trump has been trying to show voters that he is taking the virus seriously by holding briefings and canceling Republican convention events set for Jacksonville, Florida. Florida is among several states where the virus is raging.

But on Saturday the White House tweeted a photo of Trump and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre after the pair played golf at Trump’s private club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

With the teams playing in stadiums that are largely empty, Trump wouldn’t have had to contend with crowd reaction to his appearance, which has been an issue in some previous appearances at sporting events, where he has gotten a mixed response.

But another issue could have been tricky for Trump, who has been outspoken in his criticism of athletes taking a knee during the national anthem before games.

During an interview Thursday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump again said he would be taking part in the longstanding tradition of throwing out the first pitch, but said he hoped that players would stand during the national anthem.

“It’s great that baseball is back, and other sports are back. I hope everyone’s standing; I hope they’re not going to be kneeling when the flag is raised. I don’t like to see that,” Trump told Hannity.

The Yankees and the Washington Nationals took a knee before the season’s opening game that night in Washington, then stood for the national anthem. And New York had two players kneel for the national anthem Saturday, Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton, and they say they will continue kneeling during the anthem throughout the season.

Some New York City politicians, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., have complained loudly about Trump throwing out a first pitch for the Yankees.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. The only time he can throw out the pitch without being booed is when the stadium is empty. He was practicing last week with Marion Rivera he probably saw he would flop and doesn’t want to look bad and the athletes are unpredictable. His fragile ego and psyche can’t handle it.

    • He was actually throwing very well.

      Highly doubt he would EVER embarrass himself like Hussein Obama did. Sheesh, he threw like a girl and bounced a wild pitch.

  2. He does not enjoy sports. He does not seem to watch movies. He never mentions music. He has no pets. He does not even seem to have any friends. Does the President have any normal interests at all?

    • It’s funny. If he were a Democrat, you’d be giving the same list and using it to show what a wonderful guy he is, that he’s singlemindedly focused on the responsibilities of the presidency. But since he’s got the (R) after his name, well, then, Orange Man Bad!

      (It’s also rather shallow of you to think that the things you mentioned are all of the interests a person might have, or that if for example a person doesn’t “mention” something, it means he doesn’t care about it. Maybe, unlike those who have to “let it all hang out,” and who feel the need to comment even when they have nothing at all to say, he doesn’t find it necessary to share such details with the general public?)

  3. You fool he loves it when they stack him
    It revitalized his voters and reminds them that there’s more at stake them his presidency. Tv need print radii magazines have all lied about everything and yet he will win again

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