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Apr 5, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Ladies and gentlemen: The President of the United States (wearing a red Nats jacket and a black White Sox cap).

His pitch to Ryan Zimmerman was high and inside to a left-handed batter.

  1. Michael Dempsey - Apr 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    He throws like a girl in need of Tommy John surgery

  2. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Looks like no "dad" jeans for the First Father today!

  3. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Souldrummer says -He should just bring a basketball and go for a jumpshot at the mound. He can't look worse. Caron Butler is the only one worse.

  4. Anonymous - Apr 5, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Somebody should bring a mop to clean up all this hatorade people are spilling today. It's Opening Day. Check the attitudes and snarky comments at the door and just enjoy that the President is continuing a tradition going back almost a century now. No matter who does it, it's always pretty cool to see the President throw out the first pitch, especially from the rubber.

  5. john - Apr 5, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Who was the first president to throw the pitch from the mound? I know Nixon threw from the stands, as did all his predecessors, so did Ford throw from the mound?

  6. Jenn Jenson - Apr 5, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Bush 41 threw from the mound at Camden Yards.

  7. TBC - Apr 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Ford never threw a first pitch for the Senators. They were gone before he became president.

  8. Sofa, so good - Apr 5, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    That was not inside to a left-handed batter. That was over and behind the head of a Ryan Howard-sized lefty.Gee, I don't remember the Internet being this nasty during Watergate…

  9. JT - Apr 6, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Clinton threw to the plate from about 40 feet at Camden Yards. Not exactly the mound.



x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Sunday's games


x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 69 4.5
SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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