President Barack Obama made clear tonight he is a White Sox fan first and foremost. He also apparently follows the Nationals, though he couldn’t help but diss the majors’ worst team.
Obama, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the All-Star Game wearing a black White Sox jacket, appeared in the Fox TV booth with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver during the bottom of the second inning and discussed the state of baseball.
Buck asked the President who he thinks is going to win the World Series. Obama said it’s too early to say for sure, but then showed his knowledge of the standings at the mid-point of the season…
OBAMA: “I tell you what though, what’s been interesting about baseball this year, other than the Dodgers, who have been [playing] great baseball, there’s a lot of parity, which I think is terrific because it means everybody around the country has a little bit of hope for their team. And I may be the exception, the Nationals, who are still young and have a new ballpark…”
BUCK: “And manager. Outside of that…”
OBAMA: (chuckling) “I notice Tim just grinding his lip over there.”
BUCK: “He’s trying to be politically correct.”
OBAMA: “I’m trying to be encouraging to the country and to baseball fans everywhere.”
(Thanks to my special correspondent “RZ” back home, who is watching the game on TV and hit rewind on the DVR to send me a transcript.)