The Greatest First Pitch Ever Thrown

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After the horrific tragedies on September 11, 2011, George Bush made a statement by throwing out the first pitch in game three of the 2001 World Series. It ended up being one of the only moments where everyone agreed on something: Uniting as Americans was finally more important than politics.

Author David Fisher even mentions in the video: “Didn’t vote for him, but at that point my personal feelings about him as a politician were gone.”

We say every September that we’ll never forget, but we misconstrue what that actually means. “Never forget” is to remember to treat each other the way we did post-9/11. A nation of people that cared less about politics and more about being an American.

George Bush’s courage in this video will always serve as an example of how we should live. Fearless, proud, bold, and impartial. Never forget.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. That moment gave me chills. It still does when I go back and watch it. The nervous energy in the stadium. The fact that he stepped up to the rubber (not the bottom of the mound), and threw a perfect strike!
    Gary, you nailed it. That”s what sports are supposed to do. Unite us. No matter our background, our beliefs, our economic status, etc. We were united. In some ways, it doesn’t feel that long ago. But in too many ways, it does feel like a lifetime ago.

  2. That pitch was an uppercut to the jaw of the still sadly present liberal loser mob. What a knockout it was. Glorious. Gary Sr. would have jacked it to the cheap seats but that’s ok. Its meaning was America and its strength. If you hate the USA you won’t get chills watching a replay – everyone else will have chicken skin like you read about seeing it. USA! I F’ing loved that pitch.

  3. Say you what you want to about Bush but that pitch was pitch perfect. it’s a moment in time. You get crapped out by the left and you don’t want to be as low and petty, but you end up saying what would Bill Clinton have done. Drop the ball and hop over the fence and make out with some scraggly hag.

  4. Right down the middle. Doesn’t get any sweeter than that. Add in him wearing a bulletproof vest under that jacket and the pressure and gravity of the moment, that throw is immortal. I remember worrying that terrorists were going to suicide bomb Yankee Stadium, and that all went away watching George Bush’ confident, defiant strut and then he threw a perfect ball. That entire series was so riveting. Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were so good, they overcame the Yankee talent and the desire of most of the country for the Yankees to win because it made for a perfect ending where the Yankees won it for the 3,000+ victims and all those that sacrificed to help at Ground Zero.

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