Boston Red Sox diehard Bill de Blasio, as the new mayor of New York City, was all but required to throw the opening first-day pitch at Citi Field as the New York Mets take on the Washington Nationals. Tradition also dictates that he get booed heartily, which he did.
The New York Times runs down the recent history:
“Koch hated baseball, never stayed more than a few innings at most,” Mr. Roberts told us.
“Dinkins, of course, liked tennis most.”
“Giuliani was a die-hard Yankees fan.”
(Yet he, too, threw out ceremonial pitches at Mets games.)
“Bloomberg was pretty indifferent.”
“Mayors are traditionally booed,” Mr. Roberts said. “I can’t remember one who actually was cheered.”
De Blasio, at least, prepared:
Queens, of course, didn't care:
Boos fill Citi Field as Mayor deBlasio gets the first pitch across. Opening Day #1010WINS— Al Jones (@aljoneswins) March 31, 2014
Mayor De Blasio is on time for first pitch but is booed loudly from the upper deck.— Martin Untrojb (@MEUntrojb) March 31, 2014
But it paid off, as he managed to succeed where so many politicians have failed and actually clear the plate:
And unlike Giuliani and Bloomberg, he then braved the cheap seats (in Mets gear):
Remember Bloomy sitting behind home plate? De Blasio is up in Section 312.— Mike Grynbaum (@grynbaum) March 31, 2014