10/30/01 9:00 PM ET
President Bush throws out first pitch
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- President George W. Bush tossed the first pitch before Game 3 of the World Series tonight in The Bronx.
Bush strode out of the dugout to a thunderous ovation, and he recognized the crowd response with a wave of his right hand. After that, the President ignored the pitching rubber at the bottom of the mound, choosing instead to throw from the top of the hill. Once he got there, Bush paused and gave the crowd the thumbs-up sign.
From there, he went into a short windup and delivered a perfect strike. Todd Greene, the Yankees' backup catcher, caught the offering and then ran out to shake the President's hand. After that, both managers gathered in front of the plate, creating a perfect photo opportunity with the President.
As the three men posed together, television cameras captured a candid exchange between Arizona manager Bob Brenly and the President.
"Very nice throw, Mr. President," Brenly said. "Good stuff."
It marked the fifth time a sitting president has thrown out the first pitch at a Fall Classic game and the first since Dwight Eisenhower in Game 1 at Brooklyn in 1956. Seven different presidents have attended a World Series game, the last of which was President Reagan at Baltimore in 1983.
The home teams are 7-6 in World Series games attended by a sitting President.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.