Biden, Harris, and Baseball


Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff, and the Oxford Kamalas softball team, July 2018. Photo by Kamala Harris via Wikipedia.

As the nation gains a new president and vice president today, there is at least one important question to be answered: what are their views on baseball?

Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have acknowledged they are baseball fans. Biden played some baseball in high school, though he was considered a better football player. In the 1970s he was on the Democrats’ team for several Congressional baseball games. He also coached his son, Beau’s, Little League team.  

Having grown up in the Bay Area, Harris is a self-proclaimed San Francisco Giants Fan. However, she caused a stir by wearing a Dodgers hat as she prepped for a debate in 2019. When she was a Senator, her staff named their Senate softball team the Oxford Kamalas.

After Biden’s win became official, the Washington Nationals were quick to invite him to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day in 2021. (No word if he’s accepted yet.) Not to be outdone by their neighbors to the south, the Baltimore Orioles also tweeted congratulations to Biden and Harris on their win.

Dr. Jill Biden, Yogi Berra, and Michelle Obama at Yankee Stadium. 2009.

Biden does have some throwing-out-the-first-pitch cred, having thrown out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game in 2009. However, Dr. Biden is perhaps the most famous fan of the family, having attended Game 1 of the 2009 World Series and participating in a pre-game ceremony with Michelle Obama to honor veterans. Joe and Jill Biden are both Phillies fans.

Happy Inauguration Day!

~ baseballrebecca

PS And don’t forget that Kim Ng, Marlins General Manager will be taking part in the Inauguration Day festivities!

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