Minutes after two jets shook our loins with a flyover, the 43rd President of the United States strode to the mound - the mound, not the rubber - and fired a ceremonial first-pitch strike to Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The Prez, who somehow received nary a boo, then autographed the ball for Hamilton and headed into the Rangers' dugout. Said George Dubya via statement:
"Laura and I are excited to once again cheer on our home team at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and I'm honored Tom Hicks and Nolan Ryan invited me to throw out the first pitch. There's no better place to spend Opening Day than back home among fellow fans of the Texas Rangers."
Kevin Millwood's first pitch?
Strike one, on his way to a first-batter strikeout of Cleveland's Grady Sizemore.
So far, so good.
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