April 17, 2005


First Fan Knows His Way Around the Diamond (Al Kamen, April 18, 2005, Washington Post)

And now, the In the Loop Award for political reporting goes to Washington Post sports columnist Thomas Boswell for his insightful coverage of opening day for the Washington Nationals at RFK Stadium and particularly his interview of Nationals President Tony Tavares.

Tavares, who had chatted with President Bush and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, said Bush was "so up on the game that it's astounding." At one point, he said by way of example, a question arose as to who was the best catcher in the National League.

"I blanked on who catches for the Phillies," Tavares said. "I asked the commissioner. He didn't know. The president said, '[Mike] Lieberthal.' "

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 17, 2005 11:55 PM

In the Trib sports section today they noted this exchange that Bush had with one of the Nationals:

"Washington lefty Joey Eischen, who 14 years ago was traded from Texas to Montreal, had a story of his own.

"I was a 19-year-old kid in A ball," Eischen told the Washington Post's Tom Boswell. "He didn't want to meet me [back then]. . . . The president came in before the game [Thursday] and shook hands with everybody. I said my name. Later we had pictures taken. He looked and me said, `Eischen, right?' I said, `Yes, sir.' He said, `Oil Can Boyd. Bad trade."'

Eischen had been traded along with fellow minor-leaguers Jonathan Hurst and Travis Buckley for Dennis Boyd, who went 2-7 for the Rangers."

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 18, 2005 12:33 AM

"Bad Texas Rangers Pitching Deals" would make a great Final Jeopardy category, because there are millions of possible answers. I don't ever remember the Senators trading away so many good pitchers and acquiring so many bad ones before they moved down to Arlington.

Posted by: John at April 18, 2005 1:10 AM


I searched in vain for a video clip or reporting of the event. Did President Bush throw the first pitch from the mound or from the first row of seats?

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at April 18, 2005 3:05 AM