The Washington Nationals are usually in the business of giving eighth or ninth chances to failed pitchers, but they'll be giving a recent retread a chance when President Obama throws out the first pitch before the team's opening day game against the Phillies next Monday.
And lest you think I'm injecting my political views into this post, I'm really just calling 'em as I see 'em: Obama's first first pitch of his administration was an in-the-dirt ball to Albert Pujols(notes) at last year's All-Star Game in St. Louis. No word on if the President had time to work on his mechanics during the offseason, but I'm thinking it's doubtful given the time involved with that other big first pitch of his administration.
Obama's offering will mark the 100th anniversary of the presidential first pitch. William Howard Taft started the tradition on April 14, 1910 in a game also involving teams from Washington and Philadelphia — the Senators and A's.
Think he'll wear that White Sox cap of his again?