George W. Bush Participates in Baseball’s 9/11 Anniversary Tribute

Bush, who was president on the day of the attacks, was at Globe Life Field as the Rangers played in Toronto. He joined Jimmy Pollozani, a nearby Fort Worth police officer, and Pollozani’s 13-year-old daughter, Andita, at the ceremony.

They represented police, firefighters and first responders from across the state. Andita threw the pitch to Rocky Wolfe, a firefighter from the town of Killeen in central Texas.

Bush delivered a perfect strike before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium between the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks weeks after the fall of the New York Twin Towers.

There was a moment of silence before the Blue Jays and Rangers played. During the Canadian and American national anthems, Bush stood between acting Texas manager Tony Beasley and first baseman coach Corey Ragsdale outside the dugout.

Bush handed the ball to Andita and gave her a hug and a tip before kicking just past the mound. Afterwards, Bush punched his father before they left the field.

Bush received enthusiastic applause when he was announced. As he made his way to the Rangers dugout afterwards, some fans chanted, “USA! UNITED STATES!”

All Rangers and Blue Jays personnel in uniform wore a special Patriot Day patch on their caps. Special composition cards and base gems were used.

Bush was part of the investment group that owned Rangers from April 1989 to June 1998 and remains involved with the club. He and his wife Laura have lived in Dallas since he left the White House in January 2009.

At Yankee Stadium while New York played Tampa Bay, Judge wore day-marking cleats. His left cleat had “9/11 Patriot Day” on the back and the right one had “9-11-01”.

The Yankees wore hats in tribute to the 9/11 responders rather than their interlocking NY.

Starting pitcher Domingo Germán’s cap read NYPD and there was a mix of FDNY. He sprinted to the bullpen to warm up while holding an American flag in his right hand, drawing cheers from a crowd that was seated during a rain delay.

Germán said he was inspired watching Sammy Sosa run with a flag in the Chicago Cubs’ first home game after the attacks.

“It was a way to show support for the country, the people, the victims, and today I felt like it was a good way to replicate that and show this horrible event, you remember what happened, and that it is close to your heart,” Germán said through a translator.

“That moment stuck with me as a kid, so I always felt given the opportunity, given the right time, I wanted to do it, and it happened here with the Yankees. I guess that it’s something my kids can see and hopefully learn from,” he said.


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