| October 27, 2019 05:47 PM
HBO host Bill Maher claimed President Trump is the first president since William Howard Taft not to throw the first pitch at a baseball game while in office, and he believes there’s a physical reason for it.
“So Trump is going to Game 5 today of the World Series? And he’ll be the first president since Taft who hasn’t thrown out a first pitch,” Maher tweeted on Sunday ahead of the game. “Hmm, what could Trump possibly have in common with Taft that would make each man reluctant to attempt this simple athletic feat? What…what..?”
So Trump is going to Game 5 today of the World Series? And he’ll be the first president since Taft who hasn’t thrown out a first pitch…hmm, what could Trump possibly have in common with Taft that would make each man reluctant to attempt this simple athletic feat? What…what..?
— Bill Maher (@billmaher)
October 27, 2019
However, former President Jimmy Carter is the last president not to throw out a first pitch while in office. Trump himself threw a first pitch before he was president at a 2006 game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Taft was famously overweight, clocking in at more than 350 pounds at one point during his life. Trump has gained weight since the start of his presidency and fit the definition of obese in February at 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and 243 pounds.
The Trump administration announced he would be attending Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series on Sunday night, but he will not be throwing the first pitch.
“We actually had a conversation with him about first pitches,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “His view was that in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible, he would arrive at Game 5 sometime after the game began so it wouldn’t interfere with fans getting into the stadium.”
Manfred called it a “great decision” by the president. Washington, D.C. chef, José Andrés, who has been critical of the president, will be throwing the first pitch instead.
The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals are so far tied 2-2 in the World Series.