It Takes a Special Kind of Delivery

barack obama white sox cap.jpgAttacking our Commander in Chief for his administration’s slow recovery from eight long years of poor GOP policy is one thing; attacking him for his pitching mechanics is another and, frankly, I find it to be an undermining, un-American, unnecessary derision of the US American psyche.

I mean, this is not Barry Zito we’re talking about here.  This is the President of the United States of America!

Yet it didn’t take long for Chicago Tribune writer Rick Morrissey to launch an offensive on Barack Obama’s ceremonial first pitch from the 2009 All-Star Game, highlighted by his glib crack which stated “he throws like someone who hardly has played sports” and “If I’m North Korea, I attack right now.”

Wow.  Hope you got a bunker, Rick.  You’re gonna need it.

Seeing President Obama walk out on the field was a special treat for me; and while from my right field vantage point I did notice somewhat of an awkward arc to his ball, I would never say it looked like an nonathletic toss.  Verily, Albert Pujols saved him from bouncing one in front of the plate; but believe me, I have seen much, much worse.

Mayor Mallory anyone?

Of course, when it comes to stellar ceremonial first pitches and beyond fantastic form, it would be exceptionally difficult to beat the Japanese:

Take note bottom-dwelling, low-drawing, aesthetically-challenged Major League Baseball clubs: get this gal to throw all of your ceremonial first pitches and watch the magic unfold (or just watch her chest through that low cut pinstriped top).

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

22 Comments

So the closer that Japanese video got to the end, I was wondering if maybe you should have given it a PG rating, but then dissapointment struck…. didn’t know they came that big and bouncy in Japan….. If memory serves the Pres, stated on air, albeit FOX, that he never played baseball, just likes to watch,
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Meh, he got it closer to the plate than Philip Humber, I’ll give him that. I can’t help but think some of the booing he endured was from Cub fans, who mercilessly boo anything in a Sox uniform.-Erinhttp://www.plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

Devilabrit — Yeah, he did say that. Still, I thought it was a decent performance.
Erin — Yeah, the ones next to me were booing him (but they were also Republicans; they told me so).
–Jeff

I loved Obama’s interview with Costas before the game when he was talking about his favorite players growing up, especially the part about the Reds coming to Hawaii and playing his team in school! So funny.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

As someone who sits outside the glass house of our ONE party, two-faction political system of Big Government interventionists, it always amuses me how members/supporters of the faction in power are so quick to defend the office being occupied by “their guy”.
During the last years of President Knucklehead’s administration, many a conversation in this GOP-infected cigar bar I frequent revolved around “American’s disrespect for the _office/position_ of the President of the United States”. Passionate, indignant diatribes were often on display in said cigar bar, circa 1/20/2001-11/4/2008.
7/18/2009? Not so much. I now chuckle at the hypocrisy I witness on a weekly basis.

All that to say: yes, it’s just partisan pettiness to criticize the POTUS’ delivery to the plate, regardless of whether he’s a member of the New Bolshevik Faction or the New Roman Empire Faction.
Admittedly, I don’t support President Obama’s interventionist economic policies(nor his predecessor’s), but I like to think I can separate the man from his policies and just enjoy a frickin baseball game. Seeing him banter in the locker room and in the broadcasting booth was great, and it’s a joy to have a President I can listen to without burying my head in the sand. Besides, like you demonstrated above, his throw to the plate was actually pretty good, compared to others.
Ok, I’ve rambled on enough.
That Miss SC vid is freakin sad, yet priceless. lol
–Jonestein
http://jonestein.mlblogs.com/

…and the bouncy Japanese vid? Well, “I’ll be in my bunk”.
:^)
–Jonestein

And anyone expected her to throw a good pitch? They would have booed her if she did! And booing the President? The man who had the guts to show up in his home team jacket?? The reporter is just jealous that he didn’t get to throw out the ball!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Great videos Jeff. Always expect great things from the RSBS guys.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

The Japanese first pitch video shows that all things can connect with baseball.

I thought that the Prez’s pitch was safe, although I had to see highlights of it. For some reason in Tampa we didn’t get to see Pujols catch it. My dad in Indiana said that they got to see it up there. Strange. Government cover-up?
http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

I agree with Julia, the reporter was jealous.

At least the guys have a first pitch to watch, where they don’t actually watch the ball….LOL!

Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

The reporter is just trying to get publicity by bringing down the president. Even if you don’t like Mr. Obama I think its everyone’s job as a Citizen to support him. And nice videos!

Johnny
http://13mlb.mlblogs.com/

Yeah, I’m also really tired of people attacking stuff like this. If you got a problem with something as publicly known as that, it’s best not to attack it cause the whole world will know. :} http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/ -TC

Jane — Yep. That Obama is quite the charmer.
Jonestein — Dude, it’s too bad you didn’t have anything to say about it… LOL. Just joshin’ ya I’ll be in my bunk too. ;-)
Julia — She just shows up… no boos. It’s all good.
Dillon — Thanks, man.
Raysfanboy — Yeah, most ppl didn’t see the catch for whatever reason. It wasn’t that bad of a throw anyway so you didn’t miss much.
Watercooler — I know. Sorta like heaven, isn’t it?
Johnny — It’s okay to disagree with policies and what not, but cheap shots should be reserved for Republicans…. OUCH! ZIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGGGG!
–Jeff

Tribechick — Oh, yes. The whole world knows. But I got it taken care of… battle ready!
–Jeff

I was kind of disappointed when he threw the pitch. Not at Obama but at Fox. They were showing a side view of Pujols. Not the behind the pitcher view they always have. I had to wait for the replay several innings later to see what happened. That really was a bad job by Fox. I expected a better throw from Obama though. I heard he was practicing forever.
http://metsmainman.mlblogs.com

Travis has actually been doing good lately. You probably didn’t know that, but he has. & Eric Wedge..he just sits there! What we need is a manager that will not just sit there & twitch the whole time. He barely ever even questions or challenges calls.. we need a more action sort of manager. http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/ -TC

More action, less twitch. :}

Metsmainman — I’m sure he was, still, I think he had better things to do (like lead the free world ;-)
TC — Y’all liked what Wedge was doin’ in 2007, right? He hasn’t changed his game plan much. The team is simply floundering. Things haven’t worked out (Wood)… the entire bullpen, etc.
–Jeff

Barack is a rockstar! I love his publiciity and image for our country. I’m glad he recieved a warm reception at the ASG.

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Well, Matt, it wasn’t so warm. Most of the ppl in my section were booing him. It was, er… awkward and I was embarrassed.
–Jeff

The Japanese girl threw a pitch, I could not stop staring at the…star on her uniform.
Seriously, did President Obama bounce the ball in, did he throw it to the back-stop, or did he go left or right of the plate like a misguided dove.
All the answers are no, so even a good slow uncle charlie into the mitt is a good pitch.
Now if he puts as much commitment into the economy we will not see curveballs, but it is up to each of us to see if he throws a screwball or a change-up
Play Ball!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

People need to relax. Granted it was a big moment, but it’s definitely not that serious. Morrissey obviously has way too much time on his hands and not enough dirt to dig up on Lindsay Lohan or someone else of that caliber.

Anyway, love your blog!

– Lisa
http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

RR — Screwballs are for Republicans ;-)
Lisa — Thanks! Believe me, with the Cubs as bad as they are, Morrissey has plenty to write about.
–Jeff

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