President George W. Bush and the First Pitch After 9/11


by John Ellis

I love baseball. Always have. As a kid, I love watching, playing, and dreaming about baseball. As an adult, I love being able to take my daughter and son to Nationals Park to watch our hometown team play. Even though I’m a Cubs fan, I do what I can to help foster my children’s love of the Nationals. My wife and I sport Nats gear at the games and we cheer loudly along with our children (let me tell you, it’s hard to beat the excitement of a watching a grand slam in an MLB game). Very few things that we do together as a family are as much fun as watching the Washington Nationals play baseball.

Living in the DC area also means that I have met people with connections to those who hold or who have held the highest office in the land. Over the nearly four years that we’ve lived here, I’ve had the privilege of listening to first-hand accounts about President George W. Bush from people who were by his side. At the time, during President W. Bush’s administration, while my friends were serving our country and our President, I was busy being a cultural and a petulant provocateur. Protesting the invasion of Iraq before this country had even invaded Iraq, I hated President W. Bush and everything he stood for. And while I still don’t agree with everything that was done by President W. Bush, the discussions with my friends have slowly yet surely changed my perspective of the 43rd President of the United States, and I regret many of my opinions/beliefs and actions during the time of his administration.

Two years ago, ESPN released a 30 for 30 Shorts about President George W. Bush throwing out the first pitch of game 3 of the 2001 World Series in Yankee Stadium. The short documentary is as moving as it is entertaining and informative. The picture of President W. Bush painted by the documentary jibes with the personal anecdotes about our forty-third president related to me by friends. At the beginning of the 2017 baseball season, I encourage you to watch the documentary linked below.


One thought on “President George W. Bush and the First Pitch After 9/11

  1. Yet another thing I like about you, John! We are both Chicago Cubs fans. By the way, we started our Senior Exit Interviews today for the Southside Christian Class of 2017, and a well respected senior told me — unsolicited — that John Ellis in Michael Murphy’s Bible class is one of her most memorable and impactful learning experiences at SCS! Way to go, Mssrs. Ellis and Murphy!

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