White House weighs in on first pitch situation in DC
by Bob Timmermann
The Washington Nationals decided to have manager Manny Acta catch the first pitch in their new ballpark Sunday night, instead of catcher Paul Lo Duca.
The White House insisted that President George Bush would have thrown the ball to whomever was catching and the Nationals insist that Lo Duca was not omitted because he was mentioned in the Mitchell Report.
“It was a decision that was made by the Nationals,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
Asked if the president would have any objection to throwing to Lo Duca, Stanzel said: “The president was happy to throw out the first pitch to whoever the Nationals selected.”