When William Howard Taft, our 27th president, began a tradition by throwing out the first pitch at the Washington Senators' opening day game in 1910, three presidents had been assassinated in the prior 45 years - the equivalent today of having three presidents assassinated while in office since 1977. Yet, Taft went to that ballgame on a whim that afternoon and sat right on the front row, by the Senators' dugout. It was a different time. Today we discuss ceremonial first pitches, presidential and otherwise. Also, the pennant races take shape and do the Padres have buyers' remorse?
Baba Booey's first pitch
50 Cent's first pitch
John Daly's first pitch
President Harry S Truman's first pitch
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Andrew recommends Magnolia Park's 2-song EP "Addison Rae"
Rex recommends Culture Factory's collector's edition reissue of Samson's "Shock Tactics" from 1981. This is "Riding with the Angels"
Craig recommends "The Woman King," a film starring Academy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Viola Davis ("Fences") and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love & Basketball").
Errata: The Blue Jays, not the Rays, were in 2nd place when H&R recorded this episode. The Florida - Georgia rivalry is known as the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." SEC schools actually produce a lot of lawyers and doctors, including one who is a co-host. Nolan Ryan was born in 1947. "One Bitten Twice Shy" originally appeared on Ian Hunter's first solo album (self-titled).
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