Monday, September 20, 2004

Opening Pitches

At the Yankees game on Sunday, Junichiro Koizumi, the prime minister of Japan, threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox-Yankees baseball game. Mr. Koizumi threw the ball to a waiting Hideki Matsui, all the way from the pitchers mound. This brings me to the two men running for president, one a faux fan and the other a former team owner. They both have taken the mound to toss out a pitch. Hear me out, I would never suggest placing your vote for a person on a pitch of this nature. However, baseball is woven into the fabric of American history and lifestyle. How each man approaches the game, reflects on his character. Just ask Eddie Yost.

John Kerry threw the ball prior to a Red Sox-Yankees game, not from the mound, but from in front of the mound and bounced it to a waiting National Guard soldier. On why he could not throw a 5.25-ounce ball to the waiting soldier from in front of the pitcher's mound, Kerry remarked, "I held back, he was very nervous. I tried to lob it gently".
President Bush came to New York in October of 2001, the city still in shock from 9/11. He took the mound and raised the spirits of the city and nation with one pitch. While he wore body armor that made it difficult to lift his arms, Bush threw the 5.25-ounce ball 60 feet 6 inches for a perfect strike.

In a clutch situation, whom would you rather have on the mound?