There's a lot of importance attached to a President's "first 100 days in office". Looks like one of them may be filled with baseball, as White Sox GM Kenny Williams has invited President Elect Barack Obama to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of 2009 for his favorite ball club: the Chicago White Sox.
"I'll make an executive decision right now," Williams said Wednesday. "Let this be a formal invitation: If he would like to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day next year, we can find a spot for him. (...)
"Now I not only have to answer to [Chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf about pitching, I have to answer to the president," Williams said. "It's one thing when he would ask me about pitching as a senator, but now he's going to ask the question as president, and I have to say, 'Mr. President.'
"I have to answer to the highest office now."
"I thought we got a good deal for Javy Vazquez, Mr. President."
"I'll be sure to find out why Bobby Jenks isn't throwing his fastball anymore, Mr. President."
"No, I don't know why Ozzie Guillen said what he said ... Mr. President."
Williams had better rehearse that last one thoroughly.
Let's all wish President-Elect Obama well on his ceremonial first pitch if he decides to accept Williams' offer. Considering that this wouldn't be his first time on the mound in Chicago, he should do fine. It can't be worse than Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory's attempt.
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