White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of the Biden administration threw out the first pitch yesterday afternoon at Nats Park.
Psaki took a much-needed break from answering the media’s questions at the White House. Instead of her normal routine, she headed to Nationals Park. It was there that she threw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.
Her ties to the team extend beyond her employment in President Joe Biden’s administration, though. Psaki is a Class of 2000 graduate from the College of William and Mary, the second-oldest college in the United States. Other notable alums to attend the school include Thomas Jefferson, comedian Jon Stewart, and former FBI Director James Comey. It was Psaki’s alumnus status that afforded her the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch during Sunday’s ball game.
In announcing that Psaki would be throwing out the opening pitch, the Nationals said that they would be honoring nearby schools throughout the year.
“On Sunday, July 18 against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals will host William & Mary Day,” the team said in a press release. “Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, a graduate of William & Mary.”
Psaki’s pitch was actually pretty impressive. It was high, but it made it just across home plate and right into the mitt of Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Finnegan. The official Fox News Instagram account posted a couple of photos from the White House Press Secretary’s first pitch. Have a look down below:
“A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: White House press secretary Jen Psaki throws out the first pitch at Sunday’s Washington Nationals game.”
Her first pitch actually came prior to the National’s second game of the day against the Padres. Both teams first had to finish the game from Saturday night, which was cut short after a shooting took place outside of the park.
It’s Not Often That White House Press Secretaries Throw an Opening Pitch
Can you think of the last time a White House Press Secretary received the honor of throwing an opening pitch at a professional baseball game? Probably not. Those moments are usually known to go to the President himself, or other high-ranking senior officials.
Speaking of which, it was just last year when the nation’s leading disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, became a well-known official amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic. He even took part in an opening pitch at Nationals Park. But that ultimately turned out to be a little embarrassing after he badly missed home plate.
As of right now, 78-year-old President Biden has yet to throw an opening pitch since being in the oval office. Former President Donald Trump also left office without throwing an opening pitch.