Great recap/photos/video of both Bush presidents at last night’s Giants/Rangers game

Posted by: ST on November 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

The Yahoo Big League Stew blog has an awesome recap of the appearance on the field of both former Bush presidents prior to the start of last night’s Giants/Rangers game. The game stank if you were a Rangers fan, but the pre-game was pretty darn cool:

ARLINGTON, Texas — George W. Bush came into Sunday’s Game 3 of the World Series with a reputation as the best first pitcher in presidential history to uphold.

Mission, uh, accomplished.

With his father George H.W. Bush looking on from just a few feet away, the experienced Republican right-hander threw an impressive no-bounce heater to Texas Rangers team president Nolan Ryan behind the plate. While the pitch had nowhere near the emotional impact of Bush’s strike during the 2001 World Series after 9/11, it was a big moment for Bush, who used to own the team, and for his family’s constituents in the state of Texas.

Indeed, the standing-room-only crowd at Rangers Ballpark stood and cheered as the two former presidents emerged from left field in a golf cart driven by the younger Bush. San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross(notes) was so moved by the moment that he broke from the left-field line — and any concerns that he’ll be welcomed back to San Francisco — to shake the elder Bush’s hand as the golf cart passed by.

Bush’s pitch was followed by loud chants of U-S-A! U-S-A! from the crowd dressed in red and blue.

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The best part about Sunday’s throw might be that H.W. wore a generic World Series windbreaker instead of any Rangers gear.

The explanation for that wardrobe selection, of couse, is simple.

Both George and Barbara are huge Houston Astros fans.

You can see some great pix at that same link.

Here’s the MLB video. Here’s a fan’s video.

Absolutely awesome.

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  1. Great White Rat says:

    Another “Miss Me Yet?” moment. :)

    And the answer’s YES. I miss having a president who actually loves – no, even LIKES – America. Hell, Obama even makes the Clinton administration look like the good old days.

  2. RSweeney says:

    Nice to see men who don’t have to pretend to be men.

  3. NC Cop says:

    The best part about Sunday’s throw might be that H.W. wore a generic World Series windbreaker instead of any Rangers gear.

    The explanation for that wardrobe selection, of couse, is simple.

    Both George and Barbara are huge Houston Astros fans.

    That’s called loyalty. Nice to see.

  4. Zippy says:

    Not only are they not afraid to be men, but they love America, unlike the current president (lc because he really isn’t a president but a dictator and a bully) who doesn’t even like America or it’s people.

    That was great!

  5. Old Goat says:

    One thing that struck me was the lack of effort it seemed to take to throw that pitch. I thought Bush “pitched” it better than Nolan Ryan did… for a first pitch type thing.

    I don’t root for either team in the WS, but what bothers me about the Rangers being there is that they were a team in bankruptcy, with MLB paying their way big time, and they were allowed to INCREASE payroll. That sounds far too Democrat Party thinking for my taste. Taking on increased payroll on someone else’s dime. Sometimes a deal like that has bad karma written all over it.

  6. Joe says:

    Maybe the Rangers should have kept Bush on the mound.