Former Dodger-in-Chief Bush Nearly Struck by Foul Ball at White Sox-Rangers Game
He’s dodged the Vietnam War draft, the US Supreme Court, an Iraqi shoe and prosecution for crimes against humanity. Now former president George W. Bush has evaded another potentially bruising situation– literally. While attending a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers (a team which consistently dodged success while Bush owned it), a foul ball off the bat of Rangers’ third basemen Adrian Beltre came within inches of plunking Bush in the head.
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski tried his best to catch the ball, deftly reaching around the screen while fully extended. According to ESPN, Bush at first seemed like he was going to make a play on the ball, but he flinched at the last second. The ball struck the ledge in front of the former president and bounced away.
“I just told him just because he was the President doesn’t mean I won’t jump on top of him,” Pierzynski said. “Him and his wife got a good chuckle out of that one.”
“Yeah, we obviously knew he was there,” Pierzynski said of Bush. “When I saw that ball go up I actually thought I might have a chance just to catch it. I was like, ‘Well I can reach around.’ I needed about another foot. Then I realized I almost jumped in the former President’s lap. It was funny. I had Nolan Ryan and George W. Bush sitting five feet from each other. At least I had a good landing spot if I were to go all the way over the wall.”