Orioles VP: Trump ‘wouldn’t be my preference’ for first pitch

WASHINGTON — With Spring Training underway, Opening Day isn’t far behind, and that raises the possibility of a presidential first pitch.

However, a top executive with the Baltimore Orioles says he, personally, would have a hard time handing the ball to President Donald Trump.

Executive vice president John Angelos, the son of principal owner Peter Angelos, said Trump should say he is sorry for offensive comments he made before and after he was elected President.

“You don’t say those things about women, you don’t say those things about different ethnic groups, different national origins, people who are disabled,” said Angelos, during an appearance on the B-More Opinionated podcast this week. “And if you do say them, you’re a big enough person to withdraw them, and apologize.”

Angelos’ remarks begin approximately 1:03:30 into the podcast.

Angelos avoided mentioning Trump by name, referring to him as “the candidate” and “the president.”

“I think it’s incumbent upon any individual who leads the country, to step away from those types of statements, to apologize for those statements and retract them, and then turn the page,” said Angelos. “And then to move forward in embracing their community, all parts of that community.”

In the podcast, Angelos (and hosts Jason La Canfora and Jerry Coleman) were critical of several actions and statements by the Trump administration.

Angelos said the newly-tightened immigration enforcement policies amount to “sending essentially shock troops through neighborhoods to chase people around, which is outrageous, on every level.”

“Simply do one thing, apologize,” suggested Angelos. “Until that happens, it wouldn’t be my preference to have the president come throw a pitch, but that’s up to the ownership about what they would like to do there.”

Angelos applauded recent statements and actions by ballerina Misty Copeland, and football player Colin Kaepernick, in which they criticized policies that offend minority and marginalized groups.

“They’re saying ‘we’re not going to wait for corporate America. We’re not going to wait for the club, we’re not going to wait for the league, to tell us what to do, or tell us how we’re going to express ourselves,” said Angelos.

Angelos said he wasn’t making his comments “because I want to give some sustenance to the Democratic Party or I want to tear down the Republican Party.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, Angelos’ father, Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos, has long been a Democratic Party benefactor, donating more than $1 million during the 2012 elections and over $270,000 to the super PAC formed to encourage then-Vice President Joe Biden to run for president.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a general assignment reporter with WTOP since 1997. He says he looks forward to coming to work every day, even though that means waking up at 3:30 a.m.

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