Joe Biden is set to throw the first pitch of the 2021 MBA season on its Opening Day as Washington Nationals have invited the President-elect of the United States of America to do the honour.
Initiated by 27th president of the United States William Howard Taft, throwing the first pitch of the season has become a ceremonial practice in the MLB. Joe Biden, who is set to move into the White House in January, will be fulfilling the tradition of the Nationals on 1st April next year as they take on New York Mets at Nationals Park.
Joe Biden to throw first pitch for Nats on 2021 MLB season opener on 1st April
“We look forward to hosting President-elect Biden on Opening Day of the 2021 season,” the Nats asserted via an official statement on Twitter, “We’re excited to continue the long-standing tradition of sitting Presidents throwing out the first pitch at the home of the national pastime in our nation’s capital.”
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 8, 2020
It is noteworthy that this won’t be the first time Joe Biden will be throwing the first pitch. The former vice-president, who served under former POTUS Barack Obama from 2008 to 2017, threw out the first pitch on Opening Day in 2009 as Baltimore Orioles played the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. Obama himself threw the first pitch once in his two-term tenure in 2010 when the Nats hosted Philadelphia Phillies on the 2010 season opening day.
Biden, who is a former Little League shortstop and center field, has maintained his presence in the baseball scene. The former and longest-serving senator of Delaware (1973-2009) has often frequented Phillies matches, attended the Little League World Series and even visited the Yankees at spring training.
Washington Nationals had also invited President Donald Trump to throw the first pitch after he assumed office in 2017. However, it was later reported that Trump had turned down the invitation from the Nats, making him the first President to not throw the first pitch since 39th US President Jimmy Carter.