America Chooses: Braves Vs. Phillies for Obama's First Pitch

Americans want President Obama to throw out the first pitch on the sport's opening day.


By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Baseball's opening day is just a few days away, and Americans, through Whispers, have a suggestion for which game President Obama should choose for tossing his ceremonial first pitch: Sunday's game in Philadelphia between the Atlanta Braves and the world-champion Phillies. Will he? He should. since 36 percent in our Synovate eNation poll said he should. We don't know what he will do, but there are reports that he instead will attend Monday's opener for the Washington Nationals, the second choice in our poll at 28 percent. Surprisingly, those responding to our poll seemed to care less about Obama's hometown teams. Just 20 percent said he should throw his first pitch at the Cubs opener April 13 against the Colorado Rockies, and even fewer, 16 percent, said his first game should be his beloved White Sox against the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

The Whispers Poll

With baseball season fast approaching, President Obama must pick a game at which to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Should it be the initial game of the season or the openers in his Chicago hometown or his new home, Washington?

Season opener, April 5, Braves at Phillies36%Nationals April 13 opener against Phillies28%Cubs opener, April 13, against Rockies20%White Sox opener against Royals, April 616%Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted March 23-25 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.