Trump says he'll attend World Series if there's a Game 5 on Sunday

President Donald Trump told reporters that he is planning to attend the World Series on Sunday if it goes to a fifth game.

The president confirmed his plans during Thursday's Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony with businessman Roger Penske.

The Washington Nationals hold a 2-0 lead in the series after defeating the Houston Astros in Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park. If the Nationals are able to win Games 3 and 4 when the series moves to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. this weekend, the series will end and Game 5 scheduled for Sunday will not be necessary.

Weather could also be a factor if Game 5 is necessary. Washington D.C.’s forecast calls for a 90-percent chance of rain.

Could Donald Trump throw out the first pitch?

When asked if throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 would be an option, Trump indicated that would be a long shot.

“I don’t know," he told reporters on Thursday. "They got to dress me up in a lot of heavy armor. I’ll look too heavy. I don’t like that.”

USA Today's Bob Nightengale notes that every sitting president since William Taft in 1910 has thrown out at least one ceremonial first pitch, either for opening day, the All-Star Game, or the World Series.

Trump has not yet joined that group.

Past presidents at the World Series

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend a World Series game in 1915. He’s also one of six sitting presidents that have thrown out a ceremonial first pitch before a World Series game. That list includes Calvin Coolidge (twice), Herbert Hoover (twice), Dwight Eisenhower (1955), Jimmy Carter (1979).

George W. Bush became the sixth when he famously threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium less than two months after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

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