There’s an old saying in Chicago – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Chicago – that says, almost drill me with a foul ball once, shame on – shame on you. Drill me with a foul ball…you can’t get drilled with a foul ball again.
Alright, I made that up – which leads me to believe that even I might be qualified to be the President of the United States of America – but what I am not making up is that George W. Bush nearly was hit by a foul ball during the Chicago White Sox-Texas Rangers game last night. Bush, with his wife Laura, were seated with Rangers head honcho Nolan Ryan just behind the protective netting.
And as an added bonus, Dubya got the chance to interact with A.J. Pierzynski after the White Sox catcher nearly fell into his lap while trying to corral the foul pop up, and as we all know, chatting with A.J. is always an entertaining enterprise.
“I told him just ’cause he was the president doesn’t mean I wouldn’t jump on top of him,” Pierzynski said. “He and his wife got a good chuckle out of it. It was a light moment in an otherwise quick game.”
I don’t know, man. Even if you are as great as A.J. Pierzynski – or at least as great as he perceives himself to be – it’s probably not a good idea to go crashing into Mr. Bush. Don’t all former Presidents maintain a detail of Secret Service agents to protect them? Now those are guys you don’t want to mess with – to invite that kind of attention would most certainly be a poor demonstration of strategery.
However, one thing that would have made this story infinitely more interesting would have been if it was reported that Dubya, A.J. and Ozzie Guillen met up after the game for a couple of brewskis. Talk about a regular Algonquin Round Table there.