‘It’s a long story’: Joe Biden called out for telling Dodgers a tall tale about his baseball glory days

The Biden administration hosted the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, and in typical fashion, the president couldn’t help but make up a story about his own baseball greatness. Unfortunately, but not uncommon with President Biden, the tale exists only in his mind.

In an effort to perhaps feel macho, Biden began telling members of the Dodgers that he used to be quite the baseball player, nearly putting a ball over the fence “at the old Washington stadium” during a congressional baseball game.

“In the very beginning, I used to be a center fielder,” Biden says during his speech after congratulating the team (and for some reason Satchel Paige, who never played for the Dodgers). “It’s a long story,” Biden said before trailing off as he’s known to do.

“My kids only remember two things that ever happened to me in my career,” Biden went on to say. “They’ve met kings and queens and they’ve gone to other countries. But I played in the second congressional baseball game at the old stadium, in the old Washington stadium. I hit one off the right-center field wall, bounced off the wall. I think it’s 368, or I don’t know what it is exactly now, but off the wall.”

“To make a long story short, my kids remember that,” the president told the World Series champions. “And guess what? Only thing I remember, too.”

What should be no surprise to anyone is that this entire incident seems to be completely made up. This memory that Biden claims is the only thing his kids remember is nothing more than a tall tale, and fact-checkers have already debunked the entire claim.

According to the Republican National Committee’s Zach Parkinson, Biden “was so good he got stuck in traffic” and didn’t even start in 1975. In 1973 newspapers reported that Biden hit .500, getting on base with a single. A far cry from his big knock off the right-field wall.

Even claims of the stadium in which the game was played were wrong, as the congressional baseball game was played in Baltimore, as opposed to D.C., for Biden’s first four years in Congress.

Biden has lied about personal athletic accomplishments in the past, at one point claiming that he was a member of the University of Delaware football program. While serving as vice president, Biden told voters during a campaign stop in 2012 that he hadn’t been to Athens, Ohio since he was a member of his college football program. “I came here in October 1963,” he told the crowd. “We beat you Bobcats 29-12.”

Biden’s own memoir, “Promises to Keep: On Life And Politics,” states that he had quit playing football before the season even started. In spite of this admission, Biden continued to brag about his gridiron success.

While many may excuse this story as nothing more than evidence of cognitive decline, there’s no denying that Biden has no problem lying to make himself look good, even when the facts are just a few clicks away. In the 70’s and 80’s, and even for most of the 90’s, politicians like Biden could get away with this kind of puffery, but it’s hard to escape the truth when the lies are so sensational.


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