At the old ballgame

The O threw out the first ball in Washington today. His toss, fittingly, went far left.

The president, who makes much of his allegiance to the Chicago White Sox, later was asked to name a favorite Chicago White Sox player, and couldn’t name one.

Kaminsky Park?

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13 responses to “At the old ballgame

  1. When he leaves the White House, DC can keep him!

  2. You mean DC, the District of Columbia, not JaneDC, yes? I’m with you!

  3. Figures he doesn’t know anything about “America’s national pastime.”

  4. Amy, isn’t that the way they used to trip up enemy moles in the movies — ask them trivia about the World Series?

    One of the radio callers comments that Kaminsky Park rhymes with Alinsky Park. A mere slip of the tongue?

  5. Mark PLEASE DON’T GIVE THEM YET MORE IDEAS. Please–Alinksy Park? Shussh.

  6. Turning to the video you have displayed, I think, although he is not now nor has he ever been on the White Sox, our president was emulatinging Kazuhito Tadano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkdl9zIJAxo

  7. Being a Nats regular, I’ve grown used to Johnny Holliday and Rob Dibble’s banter in the MASN booth. I could sense the gradual rise in the level of unspoken disbelief between them as that interview went on. “Angry Rob” – as I like to call him – was probably thinking some pretty unflattering things to himself.

    Two years ago, Dubya threw out the first pitch at the Nats’ home opener. Although his toss was right down the middle, it sailed about three feet over the strike zone. (It was a heatah, too, not one of those Barry-O rainbows.) Dubya came up to the booth later and Holliday and Don Sutton (who was the color guy then) gave him all kinds of grief for it, complete with tele-illustrator “enhancements” of the zone. Dubya ate it up. A good time was had by all.

    I’m not necessarily a fan of litmus tests, but if you’re going to pick one for character, love of baseball strikes me as a pretty durn good one.

  8. Sorry, I meant Bob Carpenter, not Johnny Holliday. Do’h!

  9. I’m not necessarily a fan of litmus tests, but if you’re going to pick one for character, love of baseball strikes me as a pretty durn good one.

    Robbo, that comment deserves a post of its own.

  10. Tony Horton’s crawl into the dugout was one for the ages. Thanks for the link.
    Mark, speaking of the love of baseball, I think it was Shaunessy in today’s Globe who said that Fenway sellouts may tail off this year, as the buzz fizzles. Does that seem right from your perch?

  11. Baseball just isn’t popular in Indonesia yet.

  12. Steve, I know that good tickets to Fenway still are quite hard to come by, and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind if the demand tapered so some of us could get tix to the ballgame now and again. I never thought I would be nostalgic for the days when the Sox never won, but you could show up the day of the game and get a seat, and many of the folks in the bleachers actually kept score.

    Call me jaded, but I will say, personally, that it’s hard to keep a high level of excitement now that the Sox have won a couple of championships and a sort of permanent circus air has set in around the Old Towne Team. The Yankee-Red Sox games have been so hyped for the better part of the past 10 years, and they only seem to play each other, and the games seem to drag on all night.

    Oh for an afternoon game with Steve Hamilton on the mound and 18,000 people in the stands.

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