President Trump just presented Mariano Rivera with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday … and unfortunately, he left his calculator behind.
POTUS — a HUGE Yankees fan — honored the Sandman at 1600 Penn on Monday … praising “maybe the greatest pitcher of all time” for his accomplishments on and off the mound.
FYI — the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award a civilian can achieve in the United States — and is given to people who make an especially great contribution to American society.
But, the funny part is when Trump tried to do some impromptu math … and hilariously failed when talking about MR’s minor league ERA in 1990.
“That year, he had an average ERA of 0.17 … so that doesn’t mean ONE. That means, like, 1/17th of one.”
Uhh … no, it doesn’t, Mr. President. Like, not even close. But, hey, we get it. Math is hard.
For the record, .17 is closer to 1/5th of 1 … not 1/17th.
Of course, the love between Trump and Mariano is mutual — Rivera serves as the co-chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition … and became a U.S. citizen in 2015.
Sandman becomes the most recent superstar athlete to receive the honor — Jerry West and Tiger Woods both got the honor earlier this year.