ARLINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush wound up his right arm with two windmill whirls, then fired a high strike to help the Texas Rangers start the season today.
In his first big appearance locally since moving to Dallas from
the White House, Bush received a standing ovation and overwhelming
cheers from a crowd of about 40,000 after the public address
announcer said, "We welcome home the 43rd president."
Bush, the team's managing general partner from 1989 until being
elected governor of Texas in 1994, acknowledged the cheers as he
made his way to the base of the mound.
Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, now the team's president, was a few
steps behind to deliver the ball. Bush's throw easily made it over
the plate and into the mitt of star outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Afterward, the two shook hands and Hamilton pulled out a pen and
the president signed the ball.