*It went wide right, but at least President Obama’s ceremonial first pitch to launch the 2010 Major League Baseball season found the glove of Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman without taking a bounce.
Dressed in a red Nationals jacket and khakis, the president stopped to greet wounded veterans before walking out to the mound amid lots of cheers and some audible boos at Nationals Park today.
The left-hander then pulled out a White Sox cap to represent his home team, placed it firmly on his head and wound up for the pitch. [Watch below.]
The wild throw was perhaps an over-compensation for the opening toss at last year’s All-Star game in St. Louis, when Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols saved him the embarrassment of a short hop by moving up to scoop the low pitch inches off the ground.
Obama, an avid basketball player who has said baseball does not come naturally to him, prepared for Monday’s opener by throwing practice pitches to aides at the White House.