Obama and Baseball


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President Obama and Willie Mays on Air Force One, July 14, 2009

President Barack Obama has been doing a lot of baseball-related things this week. On Monday, he hung out with the Chicago Cubs at the White House. On Tuesday, he pardoned Willie McCovey, who had been sentenced to two years probation in 1995.

He probably won’t have time for any other baseball activities in his last few hours as President. So, I thought I’d just reflect on his baseball highlights from the last 8 years, including that time he hung out with the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents:

2009:

  • May 15: Welcomes 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies to the White House
  • July 14: Attends his first game as President, throwing out the first pitch of the MLB All Star game in St. Louis; accompanied by Willie Mays on Air Force One

2010:

  • February 8: Greets the 2009 Little League World Series Champions, the Park View All-Stars from Chula Vista, CA
  • April 5: Throws out first pitch at Washington Nationals home opener
  • April 26: Welcomes 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees to the White House
  • June 18: Attends White Sox v. Nationals game in DC. White Sox win
  • August 14: Obama honors collegiate champions in several sports, including College World Series Champions, University of South Carolina

2011:

  • July 25: Honors 2010 World Series winners, San Francisco Giants at the White House
  • November 30: Meets with Dutch Prime Minister, who gives him a baseball jersey of the Dutch National Team, which won the Baseball World Cup the previous month

2012:

  • January 17: Hosts 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, at the White House
  • August 3: Signs the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act into law
  • August 10: Announces selections for Presidential Delegation to attend the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, which includes former MLB player and Gallaudet University baseball head coach, Curtis Pride

2013:

  • July 29: Welcomes 2012 World Series winners, the San Francisco Giants, to the White House
  • August 4: Honors former Negro Leaguers at the White House, including Minnie Minoso, Pedro Sierra, and Ron Teasley
  • November 20: Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ernie Banks

2014:

  • April 1: Welcomes the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series winners, to the White House
  • May 20: Makes surprise visit at Little League game in Washington, DC; throws first pitch
  • May 22: Visits the Cooperstown, NY, and the Baseball Hall of Fame to make a speech about tourism; donates the jacket he wore when he threw out his first 1st pitch in 2009
  • November 22: Plays golf in Las Vegas with Dereck Jeter on an off day

2015:

  • May 18: Gets his own Twitter account, follows the White Sox and other Chicago sports teams (but apparently not the Cubs)
  • June 5: Hosts 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at the White House
  • June 11: Attends annual Congressional Baseball Game
  • November 24: Bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Yogi Berra and Willie Mays

2016:

  • March 22: Attends a Tampa Bay Rays game. With Raul Castro. In Cuba.
  • June 20: Interviewed by Derek Jeter for The Players’ Tribune
  • July 20: Welcomes 2015 World Series winners, Kansas City Royals, to the White House
  • November 22: Awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vin Scully

 

Thank you, President Obama. Now that you’ll have a little more free time, let’s catch a ballgame together!

~ baseballrebecca

 

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