The First Pitch

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Haley Spicer, Sports Reporter

After a long-standing 5 days of election results being counted, Joseph Biden Jr. was projected to win the key state of Pennsylvania which allowed him to be elected as the President of the United States. This election was filled with a lot of stress and anxiety due to the variety of ways that voting could have taken place.

COVID-19 drastically impacted how the election played out because it gave people the option to mail in their votes, vote early, and vote on the day. The mail-in votes took the longest to count and left the population of the United States relentless, eager, and impatient.

The pressure was also felt by the final states of Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania as the fate of the world of their hands. Their ballots flipped the states in favor of the democrats which contributed to the overall win. Vice President Kamala Harris played a major role in shifting the momentum to Joe Biden as well.

As a result of Joe Biden winning, the Washington Nationals have invited him to have the honor of throwing out the first pitch on the first day of the 2021 season that is set to happen on April 1st when they host the New York Mets at home.

The Nationals posted a statement on Twitter expressing their excitement saying, “We’re excited to continue the long-standing tradition of sitting Presidents throwing out the first pitch at the home of the national pastime in our nation’s capital”.

However, this is not the first time that he has thrown a celebratory pitch, in fact, in 2009, he had the opportunity to do so as the vice president to Barack Obama. This continuous tradition started in Washington dating back to 1910 and since then, every President has had the opportunity to throw the pitch first except for Donald Trump.

Biden is a huge baseball fan, in particular, the Philadelphia Phillies. He has watched them play numerous times from in the world series to against Washington and he has been at the Yankees stadium as well. Baseball has always been a relatively popular sport in America.