Obama Readies Arm for Tonight's All-Star Pitch

Will throw first toss at tonight's game in St. Louis
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 14, 2009 12:31 PM CDT
This 1960s photo provided by the presidential campaign of Barack Obama shows him with his baseball bat in Hawaii.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama is getting ready to toss out the first pitch at tonight’s All-Star Game in St. Louis, Fox News reports, and is relying on the experience from his previous such gig, for the White Sox in 2005. “My general strategy the last time I threw a pitch was at the American League championship series, and I just wanted to keep it high,” he said today.

“Now, there was no clock on it. I don’t know how fast it went. But if it exceeded 30 miles per hour, I’d be surprised. But it did clear the plate.” Before tonight’s toss, expected around 8:35 EDT, Obama says, “I want to loosen up my arm a little bit.” (Read more President Obama stories.)