President Trump can’t make the Nationals – Marlins opener Monday

President Trump can’t throw out the first pitch in the Nats home opener against the Marlins

Due to a scheduling conflict President Donald Trump will not be able to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Monday. Seeing the President of the United States throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game in Washington has become a long standing American tradition.

According to Politico, President Donald Trump “is in talks” to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on opening day. The report also says that President Trump might spend an inning in the MASN broadcast booth as part of the deal.

Alas, it was not meant to be as the Nationals told reporters (via Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post) that President Trump declined the invitation. The White House announced the declination was due to a scheduling conflict.

Lest you think that President Trump is not up to the task he did throw out the first pitch of a regular season game Trump in 2006 in of all places Fenway Park in Boston.

The Nationals home opener always sold out will be Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the much improved Miami Marlins. The game will be covered of course by Sports Talk Florida.

Another point is that the Nationals ownership group led by patriarch Ted and his son Mark Lerner are both long time Democrats. However, living in Washington they have often with big names in the Republican Party including have then President George W. Bush throw out the first pitch of the 2008 season. Former President Barack Obama has had the honor twice making some Nationals fans mad by wearing his Chicago White Sox hat.

The Nationals train in West Palm Beach not far from President Trump’s Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is just about a 15-minute ride from Mar-a-Lago.

Hey President Trump will show up at Nationals Park some time this season and maybe next Opening Day he will throw out the first pitch.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.