He would NEVER have said anything about it otherwise.
…Obama: Yes, they pretty much swept. So I told them, if you need a lefty. [Laughter.] But I think the very first one was a minor league team out in the Western suburbs that I threw out a first pitch, and I think I did ground it, but, fortunately, nobody knew who I was so it didn’t get on YouTube.
Bill Simmons: Well, how much flexibility do you have with the vest? Like, do you have full, or do you have to go like sidearm?
Obama: It’s a little bulky. You kind of — I give credit — when I think about George Bush and the pitch he threw —
BS: At 9/11. Post-9/11.
Obama: — at 9/11. Unbelievable pitch.
BS: Right down the middle.
Obama: Right down the middle. And huge credit for that. I give that guy a lot of props for that one.
BS: And I think Jeter said to him before the game, “Don’t screw this up,” or something like that.
Obama: That’s exactly what he said. He saw him behind the bullpen and said, “Don’t screw it up.” And he didn’t.
BS: I do feel like it’s, like, a weirdly important thing to have your president be able to come out and throw, like, a half-decent first pitch.
Obama parries that little thrust by ignoring it completely and sharing an anecdote about a “swish” (OH, LORD) he made with a b-ball after being called out on a visit to Iraq as a Senator.
Yeah. “EXACTLY the same” is what I thought, too.