WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — President Barack Obama won’t be pitching for the Washington Nationals anytime soon.
Team GM Mike Rizzo joined Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on Monday and revealed the leader of the free world should stick to basketball . . . and politics.
When asked whether he met President Obama, Rizzo told the story of how he warmed him up before he threw out the first pitch at Nationals Park in 2010.
“When he threw out the first pitch, I actually was the one warming him up in the cages down below the stadium,” said Rizzo. “I have played catch with him.”
And then the all-important question was asked by Holden. How is the President’s arm?
“Well, you know, he’s really a basketball player,” he joked, hinting that the hard court was where he belonged, athletically speaking.
Still, it wasn’t all bad news when compared to some other famous first pitches that have been tossed. Remember Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory’s toss to Eric Davis?
“He threw it on the fly and the in the strike zone to the catcher,” Rizzo recalled of Obama’s pitch. “Which, if you’ve seen some of the other first pitches in baseball, that’s an accomplishment. “
Rizzo’s memory must be a little foggy. But hey, it was a couple of years ago.
Judge for yourself.