President Obama wants to "win the future," but it appears that future has already arrived. A robot threw out the first pitch at the Brewers-Phillies game in Philadelphia Wednesday.
The PhillieBot was created by two University of Pennsylvania students and unlike a pitching machine, can manipulate the pitch's angle and velocity.
Obama skipped throwing out the traditional first pitch at this year's opener for the Washington Nationals--he was already taking heat for filling out his NCAA brackets as the crisis in Libya deepened--but some White House edition of PhillieBot might be able to do the honors going forward instead. (And heck, maybe negotiate with John Boehner, too.)*
According to breathless Twitter reports, the pitch traveled 40 mph--the speed of an average Jamie Moyer fastball--and bounced before reaching home plate. And Philadelphia being Philadelphia, the fans booed lustily