Why is the president pretending to be a baseball fan?
Every politician does it. It’s not a big deal.
And yesterday, President Obama made a perfectly harmless joke to an audience at Boston’s Symphony Hall: “Boston, I just want to say thank you for Youkilis,” the president quipped, referring to a minor trade of a one-time Red Sox star whose batting average is nearly as terrible as the Obama Justice Department. People playfully booed.
But claiming to be happy to have a fading Kevin Youkilis join the Chicago White Sox is only the first clue that Obama can’t really be a baseball fan.
White House press secretary Jay Carney declared the the donors weren’t even booing the president but offering the Fenway Park cheer for Youkilis. “There has been some really silly reporting about the president’s remarks regarding Kevin Youkilis last night. It is highly commendable in my view as a Red Sox fan that the president has always refused to pander on sports,” said Carney. “He is a White Sox fan, he owns his fandom of the White Sox. He proved that again last night.”
No he didn’t.
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer tweeted: “Its telling that the general rx of the media is that failing to pander to the crowd on sports is a gaffe. True sports fans understand loyalty.”
Actually, trying to buddy up to a bunch of donors by pretending to an informed baseball fan is a form of pandering, and one of the most annoying to hear for “true sports fans.”
Remember, the president even wore a White Sox cap during his ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals. What a loyal guy! Except, of course, when asked who his favorite White Sox players were later during the broadcast (for some reason MLB Advanced Media has pulled the video from YouTube), Obama answered, “You know uh ….. I I … I thought that … uh …. you know, … the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh … I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh …. I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A’s fan.”
Not many loyal White Sox fans I’ve met like players on the Cubs — and are Oakland A’s fans. That’s unique. Or maybe pandering. I just read the entire David Maraniss biography and I don’t recall much on the White Sox or baseball. If someone ever wrote my bio (and what a boring read that would be) the thing would be littered with entire sections devoted to a troubled man’s unhealthy devotion to the New York Rangers and New York Yankees. I can probably name the entire roster of the 1991 New York Rangers, but Obama, the purest of sports fan, whose deep loyalty to the White Sox shall not be questioned, couldn’t name one single White Sox player?
UPDATE: Oh, and I completely forgot about the Comiskey Park as “Cominskey Field” fiasco.