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George W. Bush: Pretty Good at Baseball


Barack Obama? Not so much.

All joking aside (please don’t write to me), this is a fun chart from the Washington Post. It shows where ceremonial pitches have landed in the last few years:

The salient details:

Was 50 Cent’s ceremonial first pitch at the Mets-Pirates game this week the worst EVER, as everyone is saying? Yeah, probably.

That’s according to a highly unscientific study of first pitches we conducted at Wonkblog this morning. We watched a whole bunch of YouTube pitch videos and plotted them, to the best of our ability, across a strike zone diagram, using the tried-and-true “eyeballin’ it” method. You can see the results above.

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Moving on to politicians and government officials, Sonia Sotomayor and Bill Clinton both made respectable showings. George W. Bush nailed it right down the middle in 2001. But Barack Obama? The less said, the better.

The rest here.


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