If there is any doubt that the D.C. area is dominated by liberals, Sunday night’s World Series Game 5 at Nationals Park provided some indication of that when many in the crowd booed the appearance of President Trump on the stadium’s jumbotron.
Trump appeared to receive some applause, some boos when announced during Salute to Trips, then troops received applause followed by intense boos when they showed POTUS on screen. Some in the crowd chanted “lock him up” after https://t.co/3LouM61ld7 pic.twitter.com/h9X6mToPvu
— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) October 28, 2019
In some areas of the stadium, chants of “lock him up” were heard.
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) October 28, 2019
If there is one place you can expect politics to be at the forefront of a sporting event, it would have to be in the nation’s capital. Results for the D.C. area from the past several presidential elections show an increasing majority of Democrat voters, approaching 70 percent in 2016.
The president did not throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He arrived at the game during the first inning and sat in a private box with several Republican lawmakers. There are conflicting reports about whether Trump was invited to throw out the first pitch, but Fox News reported that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Trump declined the honor of throwing the ceremonial first pitch “in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible.”
WUSA9 had a conflicting report:
That honor was decided long in advance of the President informing Major League Baseball of his intentions to attend Game 5 in the past two weeks. The first pitch will be thrown out by José Andrés, the humanitarian and restaurateur who has been openly critical of his administration.
Trump did not have a say in such matters because the team decided in advance who would throw out the first pitches at their three World Series games. And Andrés was their choice for Game 5, the only game the White House indicated that Trump would be available to attend.
The owners of the Washington Nationals, the Lerner family, are not Trump supporters, though they tried to keep that on the down-low. WUSA reported that the Lerners submitted a request to Major League Baseball that they not be put into the position of having to turn down a request to sit with the president, which would be customary when a U.S. president attends a sporting event. According to the station:
A representative of the Lerner family, the principal owners of the Nationals, had a special request of the MLB last week: that they had no desire to be put in a position of turning down a request from the White House for President Trump to sit with Theodore Lerner, 94, the family patriarch, or any other member of the ownership group, a person familiar with the family’s thinking told WUSA9 on condition of anonymity.
On the other hand, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane did come by Trump’s box during the game to greet the president and first lady.
To be clear, there were plenty of Trump supporters on hand and the cheers could also be heard. A WUSA video shows fans in the area around the president’s box waving to him and cheering …
Video by WUSA
And another video showing the fan fervor around the presidential box …
Video by WUSA
Baseball and U.S. presidents have a longstanding tradition. According to WUSA:
Woodrow Wilson became the first president to attend a World Series in 1915. Since then, it’s become a tradition for nearly every sitting U.S. president. The only years a president in office did not attend a game in Washington after 1915 were between 1971, when the Senators left, and 2005, when the Nationals returned. Each one has also thrown out a ceremonial first pitch at some point during their presidency. But it won’t happen this year for Trump.
— Delia Gonçalves (@deliangoncalves) October 28, 2019
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