Shhhh... Joe Biden ditches work for baseball game in Baltimore
It's exactly like Ferris Bueller.
Will he throw a strike? There's a chance.
Regardless, Biden takes the mound today at 4:15pm (Eastern Time).
Here's some quick history of America's pastime and the presidency.
President Taft was the first President to throw out the first ball of the baseball season on April 14, 1910.
President Wilson and Edith Galt made their first public appearance as an engaged couple at the second game of the World Series in Philadelphia. The following spring, Mrs. Wilson was at the President's side as he threw out the first pitch on opening day.
Although President Coolidge threw out the opening pitch, the real baseball fan was standing next to him. Grace Coolidge kept perfect scorecards of baseball games and stayed behind after the President made an early exit from the game.
President Hoover should have stayed at home. With the onset of the Great Depression and Babe Ruth's opposition to the president, Hoover was the recipient of many boos when he threw out the first pitch at the 1931 World Series.
Even amidst the Great Depression and World War II, President Roosevelt insisted that the game be given a green light to aid and enhance the morale of the country. He did, however, cease his visits to the ballpark during the war.
President Truman was the first southpaw to toss a baseball out of the presidential box. In fact, President Truman was ambidextrous and used both arms during his numerous ceremonial pitches.
How big of a deal was baseball to President Eisenhower? According to Baseball Almanacy, huge. "Not making the baseball team at West Point was one of the greatest disappointments of my life, maybe my greatest," he said.
President Kennedy had an aide who was nicknamed "Undersecretary of Baseball" because he kept the president apprised of scores and standings.
Softball, not baseball, was President Carter's great private and public passion. During his vacations in Plains, Georgia, he would often organize serious softball games with his Secret Service security detail.
President Reagan was a Chicago Cubs radio broadcaster in the mid-1930s. In 1934 when the wire went dead during the ninth inning of a scoreless Cubs versus Cardinals game, he improvised for six minutes.
President Clinton grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas listening to play by play on the radio of the St. Louis Cardinals. Clinton was more of a musician than a fan, but he still fondly recalls listening to Red Schoendienst and Stan Musial, according to Baseball Almanac.
As one baseball website describes it, "One of the most emotional and dramatic moments in Yankee Stadium history came in October, 2001 when President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch in the World Series."