NEW YORK -- Tuesday night at the most famous sports arena in the nation and then Wednesday night at the White House.

As daily doubles go, Billy Wagner has had few that could compare. He could be in position to close the final All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium one night and to influence national policy 24 hours later.

"But I'll probably stick with baseball," he said.

The Mets reliever has been invited to dinner at the White House on Wednesday. He and President George W. Bush will renew acquaintances.

"We worked out together at [Minute Maid Park] when he was running the first time [for President], and I was with the Astros," Wagner said. "He told me he wanted to win Virginia [Wagner's native state and residence]."

Wagner says he has lunched with former President Bush and his wife Barbara.

"I know the family," he said. "I'm proud to be invited. I'm proud to go. It's a good family to know."