President Bushs Throw Out First Pitch At World Series (VIDEO)
Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administered the ceremonial inaugural pitch prior to the fourth game of the World Series Sunday’s eve.
According to Major League Baseball, it was the first time two former presidents were present at a World Series contest.
The game featured the Texas Rangers hosting the San Francisco Giants.
The audience was certainly surprised to witness presidents attending a sporting event at the appropriate time, that time being WHEN THEIR TERM IS OVER.
George W. Bush, the 43rd president, hurled the ball to current Rangers president Nolan Ryan who was set-up behind the plate.
It should be noted that Bush’s pitch reached Ryan in the air and took nary a bounce.
In April 1989, George W. Bush became controlling owner of the Rangers. He relinquished the position in 1995 when he was elected governor of Texas. Bush was part owner of the franchise until 1998.
The presidents approached the mound via a golf cart. During their journey they passed San Francisco Giants outfielder Cody Ross who greeted the former Presidents with a handshake.
“He put his hand out, and I went over there, and went for it,” Ross explained. “That was really, really special because I grew up here. I grew up a Ranger fan… [Bush 43] gave me a little wink when his dad shook my hand.”
Ross’ incident once again proves that the Bushs are uniters and not dividers.
The Giants claimed victory 4-0 to take a 3-1 series lead.