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Obama's first pitch at Nats Park


So as you might have heard, Barack Obama's first pitch was way left. Before the game, he visited with the Nats, spending extra time with Nyjer Morgan and Willie Harris, according to MASN's Debbi Taylor.

"He went around the entire clubhouse and he shook everybody's hand," Taylor reported. "In the words of Craig Stammen, it was pretty cool."

A few innings later, he wounded up in the MASN booth with Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble. They were impressed.

"I mean, he came in very much at ease," Carpenter said. "I'ts like sitting down with a good friend and talking some baseball. He's very much at ease no matter what setting he's in."

"And that's the true sign of a leader," Dibble agreed, "is how he manages people and how he manages the country. It cannot be easy to be the President. I mean, he's probably on the go all the time. And it was nice that he was able to share a few moments with us."

(Video via SB Nation)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
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Comments

This was the first opening day I've missed since the Nats moved here. Sad I missed such a historic moment: quite possibly the worst pitch in this history of mankind. When will the media stop giving him credit for being some kind of jock? The guy is as uncoordinated as they come.

As for the booing of the president of the United States during an opening pitch ceremony: classless. I thought booing Bush was in poor taste and booing Obama is as well. Nats fans, do you not realize it's a pretty big deal having the POTUS throw out the first pitch for our season? Way to show your appreciation.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

stop hatin' on freedom of speech. it's what makes this country 4 real. don't tread on me barno. q from pg in 2012. q from pg.

Posted by: qfrompg | April 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

maybe if Obama could aim down the center a little more, instead of going way left. country would be in a better place. q from pg

Posted by: qfrompg | April 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

All of you haters STFU!!! It is killing folks that a black man is running the country and no matter how well he does, like it has been for blacks in this country since we were brought here in shackles, it is never enough. You would rather have a C student and the devils spawn running the country then to give a Rhodes scholar and am man of compassion a fair shot. Whatever! OBAMA!!!!!

Posted by: ivyleague | April 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Uh, nice White Sox hat.

Posted by: kolbkl | April 5, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The libs are GREAT at spin. To cover up the "boos" of the president at the Nationals opener, they had him put on a WhiteSox cap. BRILLIANT!

Posted by: CAisajoke | April 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

people trying to make any political hay what so ever about him throwing out his pitch are idiots and probably politically inept and politically impotent.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

All of you haters STFU!!! It is killing folks that a black man is running the country and no matter how well he does, like it has been for blacks in this country since we were brought here in shackles, it is never enough. You would rather have a C student and the devils spawn running the country then to give a Rhodes scholar and am man of compassion a fair shot. Whatever! OBAMA!!!!!

Posted by: ivyleague | April 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we're all racists because we don't like his policies. I'm sure if John Kerry or Al Gore were president, conservatives would be cool with it.

Do you have any idea how out of touch with reality you are ivyleague? This country has come such an amazingly long way in race relations...but as long as there are people like you around who are constantly accusing others of racism without even the slightest shred of proof, we will never fully be a colorblind society. As long as there are folks like ivyleague who are spewing their pitifully ignorant belief that things are the same as "it has been for blacks in this country since we were brought here in shackles," then there will continue to be resentment on all sides.

If and only when people like Ivyleague will wake up from their coma and join the rest of society in the year 2010, and realize that race-relations have vastly changed for the better, that is when race will no longer even be discussed.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 5, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, he could still be the Nat's 5th starter. :(

Posted by: svonberg | April 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

ummm..... i believe they started booing him when he put on the whitesox hat, so classless? no. Actual nats fans at a home game against the phillies? I guess a few showed up.

Posted by: bbachrac | April 5, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

bbachrac, here's a thought: maybe you should watch the video before commenting on the video? Just a thought.

The boos had nothing to do with the whitesox hat, in fact the boos started and were much louder when they first announced his name.

I just think booing a sitting president is wrong. Now, a former president? Well I can't argue with anyone booing Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 5, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree that booing the President is just low. No matter who it is.

That being said, he should have been booed off the field for putting on the White Sox hat the way he did. That was classless.

And was I the only who thought he'd never get off the field??? Good grief Dear Leader, the people came to watch a baseball game, not you preening all over the place.

Posted by: CapsNut | April 5, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I think it's fine he was booed. He is an unpopular President and he has so far been the worst president of my lifetime. He has done more damage to this country in the time he has been in office than anyone who served a full term. If he doesn't want to be booed then don't go to these events. Politics don't belong at sporting events and this guy is so damn divisive you will have people who boo.

Posted by: darinhaviland | April 6, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think it is fine booing this clown. He is the worst president of my lifetime. He makes George Bush look like Abe Lincoln and FDR. Obama pitches like he leads, far to the left and wreckless. The dude sucks as President what screwup. If he doesn't want to be booed then don't lead like sh*t, and do things to damage the country. With that says politics doesn't belong in sports.

Posted by: darinhaviland | April 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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