President Trump took in the 5th game of the World Series on Sunday night. The New Yorker was greeted with a Bronx cheer at the Washington D.C. game. The crowd booed the commander in chief and some chanted “Lock him up.”
Trump was present in the Washington Nationals stadium for Game 5 of the series between the Nationals and Astros. His picture appeared on the stadium’s Jumbotron after the third inning during the Nationals’ salute to veterans. As the camera panned from the men in uniform to President Trump, the crowd turned from cheering to large sustained boos.
There was a section of the crowd who also broke out in a “Lock him up” chant. This was a reference back to Trump’s infamous 2016 campaign mantra about Hillary Clinton, “Lock her up.”
Rob Manfred, the Major League Baseball commissioner, said that Trump decided not to throw out the ceremonial first pitch “in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible.”
Trump and wife Melania sat in the Washington Suite along with GOP politicians including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
JesseYomtov summed up the event as simply as possible.
The president did not sit with Nationals owner Mark Lerner after a Lerner family representative requested MLB not put the family in a position to turn down a request from the White House to sit with him.
However, at some point during the game, Astros owner Jim Crane did stop by Trump’s box to say hello to Trump and first lady Melania Trump.
Every president, with the exception of Trump, has thrown out a ceremonial first pitch, either for Opening Day, the All-Star Game or the World Series, a custom begun by President William Howard Taft in 1910.
In 2010, President Obama threw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Nationals Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Presidential Opening Day first pitches.
Credit: NY Post