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July 16, 2009

ATHLETIC PROWESS.... As much as I'd like to think this item, from National Review's Andy McCarthy, is some kind of parody, it's almost certainly sincere. It's a 700-word piece about President Obama throwing out a pitch at this week's All-Star Game.

[M]y six-year-old throws a baseball better (far better, in fact) than Obama. Yet the media went out of its way to obscure that, too -- no doubt wishing to avoid unfavorable comparisons to the strike President Bush famously fired from the mound at Yankee Stadium at the 2001 World Series. In its live broadcast, Fox (and remember, this is Fox Sports, not Fox News) covered Obama's first pitch at a very weird angle that conveyed his spastic motion but didn't do justice to how pathetic the toss was. But that's nothing compared to ESPN's laughable coverage. Here's the clip. Besides reporting only that there was a "standing ovation for the commander-in-chief," the announcer made a point of noting that Obama's pitch "didn't bounce" before reaching home-plate (though the announcer did cop to the "horrible camera work that made the trajectory of the pitch impossible to see).

Now, take a look at this clip from MLB.com, about 24 seconds in. It's the only decent footage I've seen, and it shows that Obama's first pitch did bounce. In fact, the pitch did not even reach home-plate -- and they evidently knew it wouldn't. The player who was sent out to catch Obama's pitch (more on that in a moment) was crouching on top of home plate, not behind it where catchers always set up. And even so, he had to reach out a couple of feet in order to short-hop the ball, which otherwise might have bounced all the way to the backstop.

Now, about that player who caught Obama's pitch: It was none other than the Cardinals' great first-baseman, Albert Pujols. What does that matter? Well, the tradition is that the first pitch is tossed to the catcher, not the first-baseman -- and, in fact, the starting catcher for the National League last night was the Cardinals' own Yadier Molina. But while Molina is popular, Pujols is like God in St. Louis (in fact, a fan in the stands either last night or the night before was holding a banner that said, "In Albert We Trust").

It goes on, and on, from there. Obama's not a good pitcher; the media is engaged in some kind of cover-up; the fans didn't like the president; etc. There's even a reference to that low bowling score. This is all treated as if it were a serious subject that reflects something important about Obama's presidency.

Worse, other right-wing blogs seemed worked up about this, and the Politico ran a mind-numbing story citing the pitch as some kind of evidence of "losing his cool."

I realize that our political discourse is often silly, but c'mon. Folks really should show a little pride here.

Maybe Obama's pitch was underwhelming because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. Maybe he's never been a baseball player. Maybe, and I'm just throwing this out there, it doesn't matter.

But if this is somehow the test of one's valor, and athletic skills are the hallmark of a quality leader, as John Cole reminds us, there was that three Obama drained in Kuwait last year....

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Or maybe Obama is just a regular Joe like the rest of us, and we wouldn't have made it over the mound, either. Isn't that what we are supposed to want from a president? I get so confused when they keep flip flopping like that.

And I'd be willing to bet any amount of money that Andy McCarthy's six-year-old couldn't make it over home plate, either. Andy forgets that his son is only throwing the ball 10 feet to dear old dad.

Posted by: DR on July 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, I too wondered about the weirdly non-revealing Fox (?!) Sports camera angle, and the extreeeeeeemely suspicious lack of photographs or video of where that pitch actually went.

And now I find out that it WAS a massive cover-up! O, the shame! And to think I had to hear about it from NRO! Let's have no special pleading about bulletproof vests... let's just hope that charlatan Obama has the sense to resign before the House can get its act together for impeachment proceedings.

Posted by: Matt on July 16, 2009 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Great post. Just FYI, heads up, when I clicked the link to Balloon Juice, a warning window popped up. It said Balloon Juice contains malware. I highly doubt that John would be installing malware but some moron might have put something out there. Anyone hear anything?

Posted by: Kathryn on July 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Ok I'm no baseball fan but I just watched that MLB clip that was linked in the NR article. The ball very clearly did NOT bounce...I mean I don't really care how Obama pitches...I'm more interested in him getting health care reform passed, but if you're going to lie National review guys and other right wing nutjobs, at least make sure the clip matches what you say!

Posted by: Heather on July 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Ah yes, I remember now...Commander Codpiece did throw a strike in 2001! Wow! I feel so much better about Iraq, Abu Ghraib, housing foreclosures, job losses, and the rest of his legacy now.

Posted by: Chesire11 on July 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

It's just more bitch bitch bitch from small minded dingleberries who really should have more important things to bitch about.

From what I've seen of many Con bloggers, they don't look like they were athletes unless it was in competitive eating.

Posted by: Former Dan on July 16, 2009 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

But he did sink a 3-pointer on his visit to Iraq. That's harder than throwing a hardball 60 feet.

Which of course is irrelevant to anything even mildly important, except possibly NRO's certifiable moronism.

Posted by: j rosen on July 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

I used to make fun of my college roommate for throwing funny until he painfully pinned me to the ground and reminded me that while he never played organized baseball at any level he had been wrestling competitively since he was a kid. The guy played college basketball. Even at a tiny miles from the big time college I'm guessing that puts him in the 95th percentile of athletic.

I like how most of the criticism of Obama is either A) he's not who he says he is or B) namecalling. I wonder if that's because he's actually doing pretty much what people want him to do in office? It's hard to beat something with nothing.

Posted by: joejoejoe on July 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

You would think that was a Colbert spoof.

But I guess now I know why I lean left; countless hours of watching sports. Damn you Fox Sports and your Socialist subtexts!

Posted by: Adam on July 16, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

It must be a sign of desperation that the Obama critics need something like this to 'dis' him about.

Of course, anyone who watched the coverage, which included slow motion and close-up, saw that the ball didn't bounce... it was caught.

Of course, this DOES disqualify Obama for the Presidency, don't ya know? :)

Posted by: Norm Bernstein on July 16, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Re: Balloon Juice. Yeah, I'm getting that same malware warning when I go to that site using Firefox. It was ok a couple of hours ago. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon.

Posted by: estamm on July 16, 2009 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Go play horse with him or come play pool with me.

Posted by: EC Sedgwick on July 16, 2009 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Hmm, in 2001, Bush threw out the first pitch to the Yankees third string catcher, Todd Greene. What does this mean?

Posted by: jb on July 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

At least we're not still hearing about Obama's bowling score.

Posted by: KTinOhio on July 16, 2009 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Excuuuse me, but isn't baseball America's Pastime? The sport every REAL, red blooded 'merican cut their teeth on?

Maybe the Birthers are on to something, after all.

Investigations called for, with impeachment to follow. . .

Posted by: DAY on July 16, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

To follow this criticism to its natural conclusion, we could dispense with elections and make Randy Johnson president.

Posted by: scott_m on July 16, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

In all seriousness, McCarthy's was by far the most insane right-wing post I have ever read. I doubt we will ever see its equal, even if the United States lasts for all eternity. Palin, Lumbaugh, Coulter, O'Reilly, Malkin and the like are the rawest of amateurs by comparison. Hats off, gentlemen; a genius.

Posted by: Sheldon on July 16, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus H. Christ on a cracker, those Con bloggers really got nothing don't they?

Posted by: ckelly on July 16, 2009 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

In the interview with Tim McCarver and Joe Buck during the game, Obama admitted openly that he had never played baseball as a kid, which was why he threw awkwardly.

And yeah, the angle was weird, but they showed the pitch later and it was a bit of a lollipop that reached Pujols' glove.

Posted by: Christopher on July 16, 2009 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Obama said in the booth interview afterward that he never played baseball as a kid, no Little League, no nothing. He's a good pickup basketball player, which does require all-around athletic skills. Nobody's good at bowling unless they do it fairly often. He's playing golf a fair amount now, and supposedly is getting better, but golf will beat him down more than the Republicans.

Posted by: flubs on July 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

Well I have to agree with the NRO piece: While George Bush drove the country into a ditch, spied on it's own citizens, and tore up the constitution, he did once throw a reasonably good pitch 8 or so years ago.

Posted by: ottercliff on July 16, 2009 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

Not that I give a shit, but the ball did not bounce.

Posted by: Jeff on July 16, 2009 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Forgot to say, it looked to me at the time like the weird Fox angle of the pitch was because Obama did it very quickly once he got to the mound and the director wasn't quite ready to switch from the walking-to-the-mound handheld angle to whatever else they had. So rather than lose the pitch, he stuck with what he had.

Posted by: flubs on July 16, 2009 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

It's from pallin' around with all those terrorists.

Posted by: beep52 on July 16, 2009 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

I'd point out that FDR spent the last years of his life in a wheelchair, but Andy McCarthy would probably take that as proof of something or other about socialism. I'm proud to say I'm not deranged enough to be able to anticipate what sort of connection he'd draw.

I'd also like to see Andy McCarthy take on Obama in some one-on-one basketball.

Posted by: Stephen Stralka on July 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

i thought he couldn't throw well because they didn't play baseball at the madrassa he attended.

Posted by: ahoy polloi on July 16, 2009 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder how two recent GOP presidential nominees would do at throwing a baseball: John McCain and Bob Dole.

Both are old and have limited use of their arms, so they might not be able to throw a good pitch. I'm sure McCarthy is relieved that neither man got elected president! Whew!

Posted by: TG Chicago on July 16, 2009 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

Does it matter that Bush couldn't even shoot a basketball and hit the backboard...noooo. Or that he couldn';t fly a jet and land on a carrier but dressed like he could...noooo. If they think its supposed to be some sort of proof of toughness then the forget...any skinny little weakling can shoot a gun and kill people. WTF. The toughest president in history was FDR and he was in a wc.

What upsets me is how far out of their way these media pigs go to run down Obama. Anything they can come up with to demean the president goes.

What has any of this to do with his being president? It only demeans the author to use a baseball pitch to try to make fun of the president.

Bad pitch vs a 3pt swish...what does sit matter?

Posted by: bjobotts on July 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Andy McCarthy: Obama throws like a girl!

Posted by: CJColucci on July 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

I guess this clown missed GH Bush's first pitches because they were you average, "throw like a girl and thrown short" that almost everyone throws. I suspect that is why Junior practiced so hard, to show daddy up, either way, the article is beyond stupid.

The thing is when Obama's giving interviews after his tenor, he will be pointing to giving millions of America's health insurance as a possible highlight, not pitching a strike to a non-existent batter during a non-existent game.

Posted by: ScottW on July 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK
But if this is somehow the test of one's valor, and athletic skills are the hallmark of a quality leader, as John Cole reminds us, there was that three Obama drained in Kuwait last year....
Basketball doesn't count. Only sports that white people play (baseball, bowling, hockey) count. Posted by: Tom Hilton on July 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

I could understand it being a big deal in the time of William Howard Taft. But baseball isn't the national pastime anymore. Football is the preferred spectator sport, but hardly anyone plays that past the age of 18.

The competitive, skill sport played by the most people for the most hours? Has to be basketball, unless it's golf. As a combination of played and watched, has to be hoops hands down.

Posted by: kth on July 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

I agree that it doesn't matter that Obama pitches "like the Special Olympics or something," to use his cruel and inaccurate comparison. But it is ironic that a man with such modest athletic abilities would have such unconcealed contempt for the differently abled.

Posted by: TruthfulCitizen on July 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

1. I just did a Google image search on Andy McCarthy, and he's kind of a pasty, jowly guy to be criticizing anyone's athleticism.

2. Obama is ridiculously trim and fit.

3. Obama pwns on the basketball court. Baseball is for paunchy rednecks.

4. Somebody should email John cole; I'm getting the same warning from Firefox.

I'm out!

-Jamobey

Posted by: Jamobey on July 16, 2009 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

This is a fascinating piece of symbolic literature, possibly a rival to Moby Dick! Clearly the baseball is meant to represent Single Payer Health Care and the catcher is the Blue Dogs, squatting over home plate, which must be the Senate Republicans! Most symbolic, the camera angle, distorted by the health insurance lobby tries to make the President look small.

Or maybe the writer is just really cranky because Obama won the election.

Posted by: Capt Kirk on July 16, 2009 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

The President's pitch was clearly a set up pitch, and an effective one too -- look at McCarthy and these other right wing oddball obsessives swinging frantically at this one and missing every time.

Posted by: bdbd on July 16, 2009 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

Criticize Obama all you want, but try to throw a strike from 60'6". Major League pitchers make it look easy, but they're professionals. For the rest of us, it really isn't that easy. My yard is 65' wide, so if I give myself enough clearance for a wind-up, the fence on the other side is where the catcher's mitt is. Given that I work at home, I tend to take care of everyone's dogs. So I try to throw strikes when playing with the dogs. Granted it's a lot harder with a tennis ball. But I've tried to do with a baseball, and I'm throwing a lot more balls than strikes. And I pitched a few games in Little League.

Posted by: fostert on July 16, 2009 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

I smell a jealous rage!

Any who - I am waiting for more information about the cruise ship that docked in San Diego - A man detained for murdering his wife on board, attempted to dispose of the body and was caught.

It made me think of a certain someone.

**I didn't say a name!

Posted by: annjell on July 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Michael Jordan didn't have a great success as a baseball player; I guess it follows that he was hopelessly inept at every sport. I can't believe anyone could devote that much space to something that inane.

Posted by: dogofthesouth on July 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

I rarely pay attention to the right-wing clowns, but was McCarthy one of the people bitchin' about the amount of time Obama spent in the gym during the campaign and the first few days of the administration?

He spends too much time exercising! No, wait, he can't throw a baseball so he must be a pussy!

Maybe if McCarthy throws enough crap against the wall, eventually some of it will stick.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on July 16, 2009 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

I love the part where he talks about catcher vs. 1st baseman. Does McCarthy actually go to any ball games? The person catching the ceremonial first pitch is just as likely to be a pitcher. Hell, it's usually one of the bench players, probably having drawn the short straw. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen a catcher take the ceremonial first pitch. If I was the manager, I wouldn't ask my catcher to go out there and squat down unnecessarily - those knees are already abused enough...

Posted by: Dennis on July 16, 2009 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Dear Mr. Mcarthy. At the last baseball game I attended in our nation's fine capital. The first pitch was thrown out by a two star general, former Airborne. Spent time in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Bounced the pitch. You wanna say something about him, too?

Posted by: Northzax on July 16, 2009 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

1. McCarthy is correct; Bush did throw a better pitch, which actually increases the number of things he did right in eight years to two. (The other one was "leave.")

2. Obama should practice at Nats games. It's not like anyone's watching.

Posted by: Cazart on July 16, 2009 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, the baseball season's starting?

Posted by: pbg on July 16, 2009 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

I love the part where he talks about catcher vs. 1st baseman. Does McCarthy actually go to any ball games? The person catching the ceremonial first pitch is just as likely to be a pitcher.

Correct. For example, with the White Sox, pitcher Mark Buehrle catches the ceremonial first pitches (they usually have more than one) all the time, except before games where he's the starting pitcher.

Pujols was chosen because he's a Cardinal, he's extraordinarly popular, and I suspect because MLB wants to turn him into the new poster boy for the game (monster stats, huge community involvement, and -- most importantly -- untainted by steroids).

Posted by: DJ on July 16, 2009 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

On the upside, Obama didn't trade Sammy Sosa in his prime.

Posted by: gradysu on July 16, 2009 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

I watched it on tv and was interested to see where Obama's pitch crossed the plate but Fox inexplicably cut the shot. I only assumed that was because Fox hates Obama because his form looked good on the mound. The truth is the Haters hate Obama in large part because he is obviously cool and they aren't.

Could anyone really think that FOX in conjunction with ESPN (Disney Corp) are conspiring to HELP Barack Obama? Ridiculous.

Posted by: Piper on July 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

OMG, this is huge. It's the answer we've all been longing for, the solution to perfecting our government. Clearly, athletic prowess in baseball equals wisdom, integrity, and problem-solving skills in governing. The evidence is compelling and we simply must do away with the nonsense of elections.

In the future, the highest ranked player of the World Series winning team will become President for one year and the rest of his team will be the Cabinet. The opposing team will become Justices of the Supreme Court (there are nine players in baseball, right?). All of the teams who make the semi-finals will fill the reduced Senate and House. Whew, now we can finally achieve world peace, end hunger, cure cancer, cool the planet, and bring prosperity to one and all worldwide.

Posted by: GingoNoraca on July 16, 2009 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

"In all seriousness, McCarthy's was by far the most insane right-wing post I have ever read. I doubt we will ever see its equal, even if the United States lasts for all eternity."

Ye have little faith.

Posted by: Piper on July 16, 2009 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

Yup, that Bush....couldn't send him to look for lettuce in a garden salad, but by God, could he throw a baseball. Oh, and ride a mountain bike. Come to think of it, he was pretty good at clearing brush, too.

Hey!!! Why ain't he still president????

Posted by: Mark on July 16, 2009 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

@Cazart: "Obama should practice at Nats games. It's not like anyone's watching."

ZING!

Posted by: Dennis on July 16, 2009 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

I love the part where he talks about catcher vs. 1st baseman.

Actually the catcher vs 1B thing was probably Pujols (the greatest player in the game today) pulling rank.

Posted by: kth on July 16, 2009 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK
In all seriousness, McCarthy's was by far the most insane right-wing post I have ever read. I doubt we will ever see its equal, even if the United States lasts for all eternity.

My guess is that it will be surpassed approximately tomorrow.

Posted by: noncarborundum on July 16, 2009 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

On the upside, Obama didn't trade Sammy Sosa in his prime.

FTW.

And my lame follow-up: Hey, he did just nominate The Judge Who Saved Baseball to the SC.

Posted by: Citizen_X on July 16, 2009 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Sigh. The guy who caught the pitch said it didn't bounce. But that's because he's part of the evvvilllllll conspiracy!

Q: What did the President say to you when you shook his hand afterwards and did the ball bounce —

ALBERT PUJOLS: What are you talking about? He hit the ball right at my glove. He just told me, go get them and be blessed. I told him the same thing and that it was an honor to meet him.

Posted by: Q on July 16, 2009 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

Since Bush was rarely working, he had a lot of time to practice for his pitch. Probably had the Secret Service out every morning to fetch and carry his balls.
But Basketball? That was invented in that lefty Land of the Kennedys, Massachusetts, wasn't it?
oldswede

Posted by: oldswede on July 16, 2009 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

There's a reason why Barack Obama is in Washington instead of Cooperstown.

Mr. McCarthy, Albert Pujols is God, and I'd suggest that you not fuck with him, lest he smite the National Review with a lightning bolt.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on July 16, 2009 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

McCarthy's piece did have the side effect of dredging up this moment of horror. And here I thought I was all done weeping for my country.

Posted by: Bernard Gilroy on July 16, 2009 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

Great post. Just FYI, heads up, when I clicked the link to Balloon Juice, a warning window popped up. It said Balloon Juice contains malware. I highly doubt that John would be installing malware but some moron might have put something out there. Anyone hear anything?

He's done several updates and every time they think they've fixed it, it goes wonky again. Glad I have a Mac at both work and home. ;^)

Posted by: Mnemosyne on July 16, 2009 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

At least we're not still hearing about Obama's bowling score. -- KTinOhio

Yeah, this is pretty much what I thought when I read this.

Posted by: Nautilator on July 16, 2009 at 6:55 PM | PERMALINK

It Keeps Getting Worse

On the TV news this morning, the celebutard anchors were carking about how awful the President's pants were.

They called them "mom jeans" and had innumerable comedy skit clips and interviews with celebutard designers who were JUST DISGUSTED, yada yada yada ya.

Thank Gawd we don't have any REAL news to worry about this month, like global climate change, CIA assassin squads in the US, torture, the medical system, N. Korea going bonkers launching and exploding everything it's got, that little economic downturn, ...

Plenty of time to obsess about pants.

Posted by: Zandru on July 16, 2009 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

Well to be fair I thought his Jeans were pretty bad too (surprised his girls let him out like that really)...but again I don't mind as long as he gets health care fixed, the economy working again, the green economy going, sort the Israeli/Palestinian crisis sorted..etc etc etc.

Posted by: Heather on July 16, 2009 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

You know, you can diss the president, and although I admire the man, I can deal with it.

But who the hell does this McCarthy cretin think he is, dissing Albert Pujols!

Posted by: rea on July 16, 2009 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

"[M]y six-year-old throws a baseball better (far better, in fact) than Obama. Yet the media went out of its way to obscure that, too"

Let me get this straight - is McCarthy complaining that the Media is deliberately covering up how much better a pitcher Andy Jr. is then Obama?

Posted by: Mryoureonfiremister on July 16, 2009 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

Ye have little faith.

Alas. Peak wingnut is so totally disproved.

Anyways, someone get back to me when Obama falls of a Segway or loses a fight with a pretzel.

Posted by: Sarcastro on July 16, 2009 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

For years liberals poked fun at Bush's running and other fitness routines, like clearing brush.

Now the liberal Obama is shown to throw like a girl and they can't stand it.

For years liberals poked fun at Bush's slips of speech.

Now they can't stand it when conservatives laugh when Obama, supposedly a die-hard White Sox fan, refers to the Sox home stadium as "Cominsky Field."

(P.S. - it's Comiskey Park)

Posted by: Al Jr. on July 16, 2009 at 10:24 PM | PERMALINK

This is further proof that BHO is not an American citizen. If he had a real American upbringing he would know how to throw a baseball properly.

Posted by: Al on July 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't see a bounce. The throw was too slow, I could see that clearly enough, but there's no bounce. Pujos just scooped it up. Frankly, I'm with the others here who said it's Obama's brain and commonsense we hired, not his ability to toss a baseball. And, as Steve noted, Obama's well able to hold his own on a basketball court. Too bad we don't have video of Bush trying to play that game.

Posted by: purplehawk on July 16, 2009 at 11:53 PM | PERMALINK

OK, so if I need a middle reliever I'll call George Bush. If I need a president, I'll call Barack Obama.

Posted by: stevenz on July 17, 2009 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

Let's see Bush hit a three pointer.

Posted by: Paul Camp on July 17, 2009 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

In other news, Barack Obama fell over trying to dance the Nutcracker suite, didn't beat Iron Chef Chinese, and was slower up the Col du Tourmalet than Kenny van Hummel.

Posted by: Robert Merkel on July 17, 2009 at 1:10 AM | PERMALINK

Are basketball players good pitchers ? I don't really know. Was Bush any kind of basketball player ? Kinda short, don't you think ? I know that he did own a baseball team, so perhaps his interest in baseball was greater than Obama's. Maybe next year, we need to have the president throw out the first freethrow.

Posted by: rbe1 on July 17, 2009 at 5:42 AM | PERMALINK

If only President Bush put that much time and effort in performing his duty as POTUS as he did practicing for that first pitch things might have turned out differently....

Posted by: gary on July 17, 2009 at 7:41 AM | PERMALINK

Al Jr.: "Now they can't stand it when conservatives laugh when Obama, supposedly a die-hard White Sox fan, refers to the Sox home stadium as "Cominsky Field."

"(P.S. - it's Comiskey Park)"
________________________________

Actually, it's U.S. Cellular Field.

More importantly, the current President says N-U-C-L-E-A-R correctly.

Posted by: howie on July 17, 2009 at 7:49 AM | PERMALINK

Poppy Bush, a former college player, never could throw a strike during an opening pitch.

I watched him bounce one on Opening Day at Camden Yards (actually, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Al Jr.)in 1992. He then jumped up and down like a little child because he missed the catcher.

I still think his involvement in Iran Contra and his friendship with the Bin Ladens is more important than that, though.

Posted by: howie on July 17, 2009 at 7:54 AM | PERMALINK

This reflects the same mindset we see in so many Republicans' insistence on calling Dems the "Democrat" party. The same people who find deliberately mispronouncing someone's name witty would also believe that a person's ability to throw a ball 60 feet is a reflection of his ability to govern -- that is, people with the maturity of a 11-year-old. (In other words, your typical National Review reader.)

Posted by: mikeypal on July 17, 2009 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

KTinOhio--actually, on an interview that night with Bob Costas (it was on MLB Network, so don't be surprised that you missed it), Obama mentioned his bowling has gotten quite a bit better, with a recent score of 132 (I may have the last digit wrong). That was actually a question submitted by an All-Star to him (by the lone Pirate, natch).

He also mentioned he didn't play as a kid (not many Little Leagues in Indonesia), his first minor league games were at the old Honolulu Stadium, his first major league game with a grandparent in KC at about age 11 (doesn't remember whether 1972 or 1973, though; if there were support beams, Barack, it was 1972 at old Municipal; if not, 1973 at brand-new Royals Stadium), and the first teams he followed were the early 70s A's and later 70s Reds, the latter because they were often on "Superstars" which actually filmed at his high school in Hawai'i. (He and his high school teammates played basketball pickup games against the Reds, and apparently got quite a few bruises. Owners would never let players do that today...)

Posted by: noplot on July 17, 2009 at 11:46 AM | PERMALINK

since a quick peek at the video shows that the ball didn't bounce, mccarthy proves he can't even WATCH baseball

Posted by: dj spellchecka on July 17, 2009 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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