Eh, if a guy like Comiskey can have two ballparks named after him and a guy like Yawkey can have a Way, then I certainly don’t have any problem with this:
The Rangers are renaming the owner’s suite at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington after President George W. Bush.
Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, was the Rangers’ managing general partner from 1989-94 before becoming Governor of Texas. The suite, located directly behind home plate, will be named the “President George W. Bush Owners Suite.”
What gets me the most though is this:
Bush was the head of an ownership group that bought the team from Eddie Chiles in 1989 and eventually sold the team to Hicks in 1998. Bush was elected president in 2000 and did not return to the Ballpark until he threw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day this season.
The dude spent something like six weeks every summer of his presidency on a ranch 120 miles away. I know he was probably busy and everything, but the guy is the biggest baseball fan to ever hold the office. You tellin’ me he couldn’t have had the chopper take him to a game or two? Hell, if I were president I’d use the office to get me into so many ballgames that they’d impeach me after the first summer of my term.
“Hey John? Yeah, it’s me, President Calcaterra. Hey, I just thought I’d come up to Fenway this weekend to throw out the first pitch . . . Well, yes — , um yes, yes I know I did it last weekend . . . and, yeah, on Opening Day too, but . . . uh-huh . . .well, I just thought you’d like the President to be there, that’s all . . . yes, I HAVE heard of StubHub you smartass . . . well maybe I WILL call Hal. And by the way, your antitrust exemption is revoked . . . yes, just yours! [click]”