WASHINGTON — This is truly an historic time for baseball in the nation’s capital. The Washington Nationals are the first team from the city to go to the World Series since the Washington Senators fell to the New York Giants in 1933. And with a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros as they return for their first home game, hopes are high.
That’s why some of America’s leading figures will be at game 3. All five living Presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump — will be in attendance, along with three dead Presidents.
Which deceased Presidents will show up? Will it be their ghost who shows up, or will their corpse physically be exhumed to cheer the Nats to victory?
Your guess is as good as ours, but we do have some promising leads.
William Howard Taft — The first President to throw out the opening pitch at a Major League game was William Howard Taft in 1910. Knowing the MLB’s love of history, we wouldn’t be surprised if they brought him back from retirement to relive that moment.
Martin Van Buren — Speaking of history, the 8th President was in office in 1839 when Abner Doubleday was reported to have invented baseball. While the myth about Doubleday is now debunked, Van Buren’s ghost might be just what the Nationals need to get the crowd fired up. On the downside, if they decide to go with bodies, his corpse is definitely far too decomposed now to throw out the opening pitch.
Abraham Lincoln — If honest Abe himself were to attend in person, he would surely push the Nats to victory. During the Civil War, Lincoln was known to slip out of the White House for a few hours to relieve tension and watch soldiers play games at the famous “White Lot” near the Capitol while spitting wads of chewing tobacco and yelling obscenities at the umpires.
Herbert Hoover — The 31st President was known as an avid baseball fan. He threw out the Washington Senators’ opening pitch four times while in office, and attended numerous World Series. “We’re not going to say who’s on the roster, but we’ll give you a hint,” said Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner. “One of them rhymes with Nerbert Doover.”