March 4, 2006

GOTTA WATCH FOR THE GOOGLY:

Bush takes a swing at cricket in Pak (Reuters, March 4, 2006)

US President George W Bush, an avid baseball fan, on Saturday tried his hand at a sport hugely popular in parts of the old British empire — cricket — and was pronounced "not bad" for a first-timer.

Bush bowled and batted several times on a practice cricket pitch set up on the grounds of the US embassy in the capital of cricket-mad Pakistan, as students from the Islamabad College for Boys and the private school Schola Nova, who included girls, looked on and encouraged him. [...]

Bush, in a blue shirt with sleeves rolled up, played with tennis balls, which are much softer than stone-hard cricket balls.

One student, Asif Raza, said he hoped Bush's foray onto a cricket pitch would promote the sport in America.

The President's first couple of hits went off to the side, but the Pakistani players were charitable.

"Not bad for a first time," one boy said.

But his last hit was better and the ball flew off into some trees. One ball hit him on the back.

He then tried his hand at bowling. "Very nice, very nice," one girl said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2006 1:52 PM
Comments

Not sure about the hitting part, but Texas Ranger pitchers always seemed more suited for bowling than actually throwing strikes anyway...

Posted by: John at March 4, 2006 2:33 PM

Uh-oh... what if he visits Europe and thinks he has to try soccer?

Posted by: Just John at March 4, 2006 3:05 PM

It might be. It could be. It is! Hey, hey!

Posted by: Rick T. at March 4, 2006 4:08 PM

top rank cricket bowlers put that baby across nearly as fast as a mlb pitcher, in spite of the awkward looking motion.

Posted by: toe at March 4, 2006 6:35 PM

The sixty year old president looks like an athlete playing games he doesn't know with twenty year olds. Ya hafta feel sorry for the media. Even when he flubs at something, he looks good doing it. Alas there's no quid pro quo for the Kerry football throwing picture.

Posted by: erp at March 5, 2006 12:44 PM

Just to be mean, Kerry Throwing Football 2005.

Posted by: erp at March 5, 2006 7:26 PM

Just to be mean, Kerry Throwing Football 2005.

Posted by: erp at March 5, 2006 7:26 PM
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