The 2021 Major League Baseball season opened up with fans relieved to see the game back for a full 162 game season.
But not everything went according to plan.
And Joe Biden just made one strange decision about Opening Day of baseball season.
The President traditionally throws out the first pitch opening day.
Donald Trump was never invited to take part in this piece of Americana because teams were afraid of woke mobs protesting.
After the election, the Washington Nationals invited Joe Biden to throw out the first pitch at their April 1 opening game.
Joe Biden declined.
President Biden will not be throwing out the first pitch at Opening Day at Nationals Park Thursday. When asked, Nats confirmed he will not throw out the first pitch, but a spokeswoman said “We look forward to welcoming President Biden to Nationals Park in the future.”
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) March 30, 2021
This should be an easy call for a President to take part in a popular ritual in a city where Biden won Saddam Hussein levels of the vote.
Yet Joe Biden passed on a photo op that most politicians relish.
The highlight of George W. Bush’s Presidency may have been when he stood on the pitcher’s mound at Yankee stadium during Game 3 of the 2001 World Series and fired a strike for the ceremonial first pitch.
Bush’s toss took place just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the President hurling a strike over the center of the plate was seen by many in the country as a symbol of how American would respond to the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan and the Pentagon.
Joe Biden’s handlers don’t want Biden throwing out a first pitch for symbolic reasons as well.
The 78-year-old Biden can barely walk to the podium to take questions.
Biden’s frail and halting gait betrays a man who looks every bit the oldest President to take office.
Passing on the first pitch is Biden’s way of avoiding a public embarrassment where he throws an Anthony Fauci-like first pitch that goes about five feet and then veers off course into the on deck circle.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.