Southpaw Obama Just a Bit Outside (and High)

By David Schoetz

Apr 5, 2010 2:24pm

President Barack Obama, known for basketball acumen rather than baseball, kicks and delivers at opening day of the Washington Nationals season. He did so after revealing a hometown Chicago White Sox cap. The moment marked 100 years of the presidential first-pitch tradition. This time, the arcing the pitch soared well high and outside — perhaps averting the ridicule he received at last year’s All-Star game, in which St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols saved the president from an embarrassing short hop. “I was a little disappointed by the pitch,” Obama told announcers afterward. “It was a little high and outside. I was intentionally walking the guy.” The All-Star game pitch is embedded below. Will embed today’s pitch once the video is processed.   UPDATE: Here is filmmaker Ken Burns with a closer look at 100 years of presidential pitches.

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