White House Welcomes Boston Winners
Despite the frigid cold, Sox fans sporting well-worn caps and crisp new championship T-shirts, cheered and chanted for their first Series victors in 86 years.
“Welcome to the citizens of Red Sox Nation,” said Bush. “Some have said it would be a cold day when the Red Sox made it here.”
Bush, a former owner of the Texas Rangers, had a lot of supporters and a few detractors in the lineup. Pitcher Curt Schilling, who presented him with a white baseball jersey emblazoned with his name and the number 43, campaigned for Bush.
Catcher Jason Varitek had a red jersey bearing the number 2 for Vice President Dick Cheney.
Red Sox principal owner John Henry and general manager Theo Epstein both supported Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, a Massachusetts senator who showed up a bit late for the ceremony. Also in the audience was Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, a Democrat, whose city hosted the Democratic convention last summer.
“You’ve had a heck of a year, mayor,” Bush told him.
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. said Bush also apologized to Kerry for starting the ceremony without him.
So, his hometown team wins a World Series for the first time in eighty-some years and he is late to honor them? What’s up with that?