Trump Will No Longer Be Throwing Out First Pitch at Yankee Stadium in August

Breaking decades of presidential tradition, Donald Trump has never thrown out the first pitch at a baseball game. During last year’s World Series, you got in a peek as to why he would make this decision. The president was roundly booed while he was shown on the Washington Nationals jumbotron.

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After Anthony Fauci threw out a pitch at a Nationals game, though, Trump decided he wanted to get in on the action. Especially in an empty stadium where he could not be jeered. Earlier this week, the President announced he would throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game. On Sunday, however, he tweeted that the appearance would have to be postponed.

Trump tweeted, “Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the Yankees on August 15th. We will make it later in the season!”

The backtrack, of course, led to some mocking of the President. Radio host Chip Franklin wrote, “The only thing you are going to be doing in New York, after November, is serving hard time.”

Sportswriter Andy Martino, who covers the Yankees, tweeted, “Strongly believe that the Trump first pitch won’t actually happen later this season. The Yankees largely knew it was a disaster in the making.”

Earlier this week Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. blasted the Yankees over the announcement. There were also likely to be huge protests outside the stadium. For the time being, at least the team will be able to avoid this controversy.

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