August 17, 2004


President, veteran Mariner exchange autographed balls (Associated Press, August 13, 2004)

President Bush and Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez exchanged signed baseballs Friday.

"We talked about all the years I beat on the Rangers," Martinez told reporters before the Mariners' played the New York Yankees at Safeco Field.

Bush is a former managing partner of the Texas Rangers.

Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, who told Martinez that the president wanted to see him during his Seattle visit, accompanied the player to Boeing Field, a general aviation airport in Seattle, to greet Bush.

Edwin Hernandez is also one of Senator Kerry's favorite players.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2004 4:30 PM

And if given the chance, I'm sure Sen. Kerry would tell everyone that Boeing Field is one of his favorite major league ballparks.

Posted by: John at August 17, 2004 4:32 PM

Only when he's in Portland.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 17, 2004 4:50 PM

But isn't WA a solid blue state? so what's Bush wasting his time for there (sarcasm off)

Posted by: AWW at August 17, 2004 4:51 PM

It's closer than the media will tell us - and Bush wants to help George Nethercutt beat Patty "Day-Care Osama Mama" Murray.

Besides, according to RedState, Kerry has spend $3.3 million there this year - maybe now he will have to spend more.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 17, 2004 4:56 PM

Don't forget the governor's race, which looks even better for R's than the senate.

It's good to know that Bush has good taste in baseball players. Despite that whole "Texas Rangers" thing.

Posted by: Timothy at August 17, 2004 4:58 PM

Aerobus Pitch

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2004 5:01 PM

"I too drink that particular brand of beer!"

The man never had a Duff in his life.

Posted by: Steve Martinovich at August 17, 2004 5:09 PM

Charlie Cook today said $9.1 million has been spent by Bush & Kerry so far in Washington on TV ads, making it the 11th biggest state in terms of campaign expenditures. It's in play.

Posted by: pj at August 17, 2004 9:40 PM

Steve - Thanks for the Richard Nixon/Simpsons reference...

Posted by: Foos at August 19, 2004 12:33 PM