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George W. Bush in foul-up at Rangers game

May 24, 2011 |  4:16 pm

Gee, these Chicago guys just won't lay off George W. Bush.

First President Obama and then, Monday night, the catcher for Obama's favorite team, the White Sox.

Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Bush's longtime favorite team, was at bat in the bottom of the sixth. (See video below) He hit a 3-0 pitch, a high foul off toward the Rangers dugout, which also happens to be by team owners' box.

White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski ran over, reached around the screen and missed the catch, as spectators ducked for cover.

Only then did Pierzynski realize he was halfway into the lap of the 43rd president, who was laughing. So was former First Lady Laura Bush. Nolan Ryan, Rangers president, was sitting nearby and his wife, Ruth, can be seen covering her head

A chuckling Bush made some light-hearted comment and Pierzynski lingered for a comeback.

"I told him just 'cause he was the president doesn't mean I wouldn't jump on top of him," Pierzynski said later. Good luck with the Secret Service on that play.

It turned out great for the president, however. His team downed Obama's team 4-0.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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