May 15, 2008


Interview with President Bush (WHITE HOUSE TRANSCRIPT, 5/13/08, Politico)

Q Mr. President, I know you're going to hate this, but I'm hoping that we may twist your arm and talk about baseball for just a moment. (Laughter.) Mr. President, you're a Major League Baseball team owner again. Everyone is a free agent. You have a Yankees-like wallet. Who is your first position player? Who's your pitcher?

THE PRESIDENT: That's a great question. I like Utley from the Philadelphia Phillies. He's a middle infielder, which is always -- you know, they say you have strength up the middle -- there's nothing better than having a good person up the middle that can hit. And Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays is a great pitcher. He's a steady guy, he burns up innings.

Hanley Ramirez.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2008 7:53 AM

Ah, but Utley is not only a great hitter, but probably the best fielder at his position.

Ramirez is a corner outfielder in waiting, and when that move happens he's much less valuable.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 15, 2008 8:51 AM

Guys move to 2b because they can't field a real position.

Posted by: oj at May 15, 2008 10:17 AM

Beyond ss or catcher, 2b is the next toughest to field. Having a great hitter at 2b is therefore huge.

Corner of who can hit like Hanley are a dime a dozen.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 15, 2008 10:45 AM

They're a dime a dozen unless you're the Mariners, then they somehow can't be found at any price.

Posted by: Patrick H at May 15, 2008 11:07 AM

Peavey and Utley.

Posted by: Benny at May 15, 2008 11:56 AM

Should have gone Utley and Sabathia -- get the PA and OH pandering started early.

Posted by: pjbbuzz [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 15, 2008 12:26 PM

A more interesting question: which two would you pick if you wanted the two Best Fat Players?

Fielder and Big Crazy Z(ambrano)?

Posted by: Benny at May 15, 2008 12:36 PM

Beckett & Dice-K hit the buffet circuit pretty hard this Winter.

Posted by: oj at May 15, 2008 1:14 PM

I love that commercial where this fat white guy wearing a Boston hat who is a dead ringer for Beckett walks off the plane at a Japanese Airport and the locals go crazy and...they think it's Big Pappi or someone else completely... that's funny on about 4 levels...

Dmitri Young ate himself off the Nationals...

Posted by: Benny at May 15, 2008 1:34 PM