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George W. Has to Go to Japan To Play Baseball

3rd November 2009

Game 1 of the World Series saw First Lady Michelle Obama and First Vice-Lady Jill Biden in attendance. So, what do ex-presidents do when they want to still throw out the first pitch? Apparently, go to another country:

Former President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the Japan Series between the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters.

Bush, wearing a Yomiuri warmup jacket, took the mound Tuesday at Tokyo Dome and threw a pitch to Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe that bounced once in the dirt before being caught.

Bush chatted briefly with several players after walking off the field and watched the game in a private box with former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Also in the box were Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh and U.S. Ambassador John Roos

Politics aside, Bush was never the best communicator that ever walked this planet, so I’m trying to envision what the conversation was like with the players as he left the field, let alone with Sadaharu Oh.

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