One month after the deadly Islamic terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush threw what could be considered one of the most memorable pitches in Major League Baseball history.
Watch below as an emotional crowd cheers then-President Bush as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Three of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. With the whole world watching and facing the threat of more attacks, Bush kept his cool and threw a perfect strike to Todd Greene, the Yankee’s catcher.
The volume of the cheers from baseball fans was deafening, and America received a much-needed morale boost after the death of nearly 3,000 Americans.
Interestingly, Bush was told he should throw out the pitch at Game 1 in Arizona (the Diamondbacks’ home stadium) instead, because there was less of a possibility of a terrorist attack. Bush replied, “I rejected that out of hand.” He knew it had to happen in New York City at Yankee Stadium.
Below is ESPN’s 30 for 30 production “First Pitch” that shows the behind-the-scenes details of that historic day.
As Former First Lady Laura Bush said of the pitch, “I knew the symbolism and what it would mean for Americans when we felt so vulnerable and we were still afraid.”
As Bush explained, his wife never said, “Don’t go, you might get killed. That wasn’t her style.”
And now, anyone who watched that pitch can vividly remember it 16 years after the fact.
Watching this still gives me chills. Don’t you agree?
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