Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pictures or Pitchers?

I don't know how many of my three readers are baseball fans, but I love baseball! I'm a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves. Sadly it does not look like the Braves are going to make it to the playoffs this year - they really needed more starting pitching help...

Anyways, some of the Braves players and John Schuerholz the general manager of the team, went to visit the White House and got to meet with President Bush. The following took place which I thought was funny.
As Tim Hudson and a few other Braves representatives enjoyed the rare opportunity to spend Friday afternoon in the Oval Office with George W. Bush, he was impressed with how much the president knew about the current world of baseball. (...) He made it known that he realized [Jeff] Francoeur has one of the game's best outfield arms and indicated that baseball is on the television whenever he's writing a speech.

Thus, when this meeting came to a close and Bush indicated he wanted to get some pictures, Schuerholz understandably, but at the same time mistakenly, thought the president was issuing an order to fix the current state of the Braves. "[Bush] said we need some pitchers -- that's what I heard," Schuerholz said. "I said without missing a beat, 'Well, we've been trying for two months, Mr. President, but we can't get any.' He said, 'No, John, pictures.'"

Adding to the comical moment, Hudson pointed toward Smoltz and said, "What are we, chopped liver? "While Schuerholz was unable to land a veteran starting pitcher over the past couple of months, he and his players now will have individualized pictures that will commemorate the afternoon they shared with the president.

You've got to love President Bush! Whatever you may think about the way that he has handled the war etc. I love the fact that he's a down to earth guy. People make fun of him for some of the mistakes he makes when giving speeches, but it makes me like him even better for it.

Here's the original story quoted from above.

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