Sunday, July 08, 2007
The Presidential First Pitch
The other day when The 43rd President of The United States attended a Nationals Baseball Game at RFK Stadium, I wrote how opportunity had arisen for Principal Owner Mark Lerner and Team President Stan Kasten to nudge George W. Bush into convincing him to Throw Out The Very First Pitch, Of The Very First Game--At New Nationals Park.
I ended my post with this comment: "Mr. Lerner & Mr. Kasten better have been leaning on The President this evening to throw out The VERY FIRST PITCH AT NEW NATIONALS PARK IN 2008. I don't care what side of the aisle you represent. The President of The United States needs to throw out that pitch. NO ONE ELSE NEED APPLY. NO ONE."
A certain Mr. Anonymous responded with the following commentary:
'Watching him get booed to smithereens should be fun. C'mon, SBF, think clearly here. DC and it's surrounding suburbs are mostly Democrat, and putting Bush out there would just start next season at the new park on a bad note. You saw what happened to Cheney when he threw out the first pitch in '06, which is why Bush was "not available" to do it this year.'
I don't agree with that statement and here's why.
As I mentioned to The African Queen on April 14, 2005 "That may well be the only time I ever clap for that man." We laughed, but enjoyed the moment. That night the 43rd President Of The United States threw out the first pitch of the very first Washington Nationals Home Game. There is a time when people need to step away from their personal beliefs, doubts and dislikes and look at the Big Picture. We live in the Most Important City in the World. We have the unique opportunity for The President of The United States to do something that can only be done once--Open Up Our Brand New BallPark. For that day--its time to RESPECT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT and what it Represents. Not how its represented by the person in the office. There is A BIG DIFFERENCE. Sohna and I feel strongly about that.
No Matter Who The President of The United States is--that person should throw out The Very First Pitch At New Nationals Park. And, that tradition should continue each and every upcoming season with A Presidential First Pitch--if possible.
There is No Place Like Washington, DC. A Unique City, In A Unique Country--playing Our Most Unique of Games--Major League Baseball.