2020-07-27 03:43:11 UTC
President Donald Trump has backed out of throwing the first pitch at the New
York Yankees Aug. 15 game, citing what he called his strong focus on solving
the coronavirus crisis. It was just three days ago that the president announced
his intention to throw the first pitch at the game, shortly before Dr. Anthony
Fauci performed the honor to much fanfare at the Washington Nationals season
opener versus the Yankees.
In a tweet Sunday, Trump claimed that scheduled meetings on COVID-19 vaccines
and the economy would prevent him from performing the tradition in mid-August.
However, Trumpwho spent Saturday golfingdid not say whether those meetings
were scheduled before or after he originally said he would take the mound. He
now says he will throw the first pitch at a Yankees game later in the season.
That means that for the moment, Trump remains the only president since 1910 who
has not thrown a first pitch at a Major League Baseball game.