Call to the Bullpen

Nominees for vice president traditionally find success by staying on offense, but it’s good to know that Congressman Paul Ryan also knows how to play defense. According to an account in The Washington Post, the man proved he can field a pop fly yesterday.

Stephen Boggioni, a 59-year-old Las Vegas retiree, tossed a baseball in Ryan’s direction; Ryan caught the ball one-handed, signed it, and then handed it to a Secret Service agent, who handed it back to Boggioni.

Boggioni said after the event that he was impressed with Ryan’s catch.

“You ever seen Barack throw a ball?” he said with a laugh.

For those who haven’t ever seen our current president on the mound, here’s the video.

  1. Brasidas

    That throw alone, the one in the video, ought to disqualify him for high office.  

  2. barbara lydick

    That video, together with the pic of him on what looked like a girl’s bike, riding on a sidewalk and wearing a helmet, makes one wonder… (so much can be inserted here)

    Good for Ryan – and great comeback!  Loved the pic of him with the deer he got.

  3. Matt Travis

    I hope Romney can throw a baseball…

  4. DocJay

    Obama has some very effeminate qualities with throwing a ball being one of them.  I wonder about his chromosomes.  Paul Ryan is a grown man.

  5. Keith Preston

    There are several of GWB throwing out the first pitch.  A good friend of mine occasionally  throws BP for the Cardinals.  He said that when Bush came to STL to throw out the first pitch, years ago, he was underneath warming up for several minutes getting warmed up so that his one pitch would be a strike.

    You may remember the World Series after 9/11.  And just this past fall when the team he used to own was in the World Series.

  6. Jonathan Horn
    C
    Keith Preston: There are several of GWB throwing out the first pitch.  A good friend of mine occasionally  throws BP for the Cardinals.  He said that when Bush came to STL to throw out the first pitch, years ago, he was underneath warming up for several minutes getting warmed up so that his one pitch would be a strike.

    You may remember the World Series after 9/11.  And just this past fall when the team he used to own was in the World Series. · 14 minutes ago

    Thanks for sharing the clips of President Bush on the mound. I can’t see those enough.

  7. Kozak

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WhoiuU3Og

    Bush throws out first pitch after 9/11.

    Compare and contrast….

  8. Caryn
    SaucyBetty, Is this what you’re looking for?  This doc always chokes me up.  And that pitch is a wonder, especially with the bullet-proof vest underneath.

    “Don’t bounce it, they’ll boo ya.”  Love it.

    Edit: looks like pretty much the same clip Betty linked.  Apologies for the repeat.  Still, love it!

  9. das_motorhead

    What the WaPo article failed to mention is that Ryan caught the ball one-handed because with the other hand he had a grizzly bear in a choke hold.

  10. Western Chauvinist
    das_motorhead: What the WaPo article failed to mention is that Ryan caught the ball one-handed because with the other hand he had a grizzly bear in a choke hold. · 1 minute ago

    I’ve seen the size of those hands and those biceps. I believe it! 

  11. Jonathan Horn
    C

    Speaking of bad pitches, here is Charlie Crist’s. 

  12. SaucyBetty

    True Confessions, I love watching the W after 9/11 pitch and the Texas Rangers World Series opening pitch when he’s out there GHWB (that one always makes me cry.)  There’s actually a short segment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxR1tZ08FcI from some documentary about his pitch after 9/11, where Derek Jeter eggs him on to pitch from the mound instead of in front of it.  Both pitches were strikes btw.  Then for a palate cleanser I dial up one of the plethora of split screen comparisons of Obama and Bush’s pitches.  Those are hilarious.

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