September 21, 2004

"Don't bounce it. They'll boo ya!"

You have to watch this movie clip, Nine Innings, about the President throwing the first pitch, in a Series game at Yankee Stadium after 9/11. It's an extract, I think, from an HBO documentary titled Nine Innings from Ground Zero, that tells the story of the 2001 World Series in New York.

Cops galore, fans being searched, going through metal detectors...guys with automatic weapons, bomb dogs in the locker room. Secret Service men dressing as umpires...

And the President of the United States shows up in the locker room...

Derek Jeter: "...and I asked him if he was gonna be throwing the first pitch from the mound or the base of the mound."

Bush: "I thought I'd throw from the base of the mound."

Jeter: "I wouldn't do that, Mr President. You better throw it from the mound, or you're gonna get booed. This is Yankee Stadium..."

Bush: "...And he's walking out and he looks over his shoulder and says, 'Don't bounce it. They'll boo ya!' All of a sudden the pressure mounted...I'm sittin there, feeling fairly relaxed, and all of a sudden, the great Derek Jeter says 'Don't bounce it.'"

I love this stuff. And just think about it...This is the President of the United States of America, and guys on a baseball team know instinctively they can tease him. Kinda makes the Leftizoids who say he's a theocratic fascist monster look pretty stupid.

(Thanks to Mike)

Posted by John Weidner at September 21, 2004 5:47 PM
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