| October 26, 2019 12:28 PM
The principal owner of the Washington Nationals said that President Trump “should be at” Game 5 of the World Series.
Mark Lerner told the Washington Post that despite anyone’s political views, Trump is welcome to attend the Sunday game.
“Well, he has every right to come,” Lerner said. “He’s the president of the United States, whether you like him or not. It’s a special event. He should be at it.”
While at the game, Lerner said that the president will sit among MLB officials rather than officials from the Nationals.
This is the first World Series being played in the nation’s capital since 1933. Despite his likely attendance at the game, Trump will not be throwing the first pitch. That honor will go to acclaimed chef and humanitarian José Andrés, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize last year.
“The first pitches are our call, and we felt there are many other candidates that should be considered before [Trump],” Lerner said.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the league did reach out to the White House to discuss the first pitch, but Trump pushed back on the notion.
“We actually had a conversation with him about first pitches,” 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.”
“Quite frankly, we were very grateful for that. We thought it was a great decision on the president’s part,” he added.
Trump had spurred questions about whether he was going to pitch this week when asked by reporters.
“I don’t know,” Trump said. “They got to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy. I don’t like that.”
The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros are 2-1 in the World Series. If the Nationals win, it will be their first championship.