Usually, an American President drops by the World Series to toss out the first pitch. This year the Washington Nationals were in the World Series for the first time. The District of Columbia had not hosted a World Series game in Major League baseball since 1938 when the Washington Senators appeared.
However, the Homestead Grays playing in Washington did win the last Negro League World Series in 1948 against the Birmingham Black Barrons, without performing any of their home games in Washington during the Series.
Hosting a World Series game in the nation’s capital is a big deal. President Barack Obama and the Bushes would have jumped at a chance to throw out the first pitch in the first World Series game in the District in 71 years.
This year President Trump, the First Lady, and a host of the President’s political friends took in a portion of game five of the World Series, made possible because the Nationals dropped their first two home games after taking the first two in Houston. Noticeably absent from the President’s entourage was Barron, his youngest son.
Be that as it may, Trump was not invited to toss out the first pitch. He had a deal with Major League Baseball that he would not arrive until after the game had started and would leave before the completion of the game.
The ceremonial first pitch was tossed out by world humanitarian chef Jose Andres, who, according to Anna Navarro, was sued by Trump because Andres would not go into business with Trump.
When the Public Affairs announcer acknowledged the Trump party at the game, a strong contingent of baseball fans present booed him.
The boos came twenty-four hours after Trump gave the go-ahead to raid Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound, which led to al-Baghdadi blowing up himself and family with explosives attached to his vest.
No matter how hard Trump tries to steam the tide of calls for his impeachment, he can’t stop the growing displeasure with his presidency. A dead terrorist notwithstanding, a sign in the upper deck of the stadium stated: “Impeach Trump.”
The fact that Trump killed an ISIS boss does not change the opinion Washington Nationals baseball fans have of him or his controversial presidency.
Baseball fans tend to skew suburban, white, and male. Such baseball fans are the epitome of the Trump base. Suburban white males are a demographic that Trump must hold onto if he is on the Republican ballot in November 2020. Especially given the fact that polls suggest he is losing support among suburban white, educated women.
If the fifth game of the 2019 World Series can be considered a sort of political poll, Trump’s reelection campaign has its work cut out for it.
Harold Michael Harvey is the author of Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. He is a Past President of the Gate City Bar Association. He is the recipient of Gate City’s R. E. Thomas Civil Rights Award, which he received for his pro bono representation of Black college students arrested during Freaknik celebrations in the mid to late 1990s. An avid public speaker, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.