U.S. President Barack Obama was booed today when throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Major League Baseball All-Star game in St. Louis. Joe Buck, son of Jack Buck (the St. Louis Cardinals' former play-by-play commentator) announced Obama to the mound. Obama quickly emerged from the home team dugout sporting a black Chicago White Sox parka and blue jeans. Obama, who is most recently from Illinois, and a proud White Sox fan, was immediately greeted with cheers, which soon turned to a mixture of jeers. Obama was continually showered with both throughout his first pitch.
By the way, the southpaw stepped up to the rubber on the pitcher's mound and tossed a fairly descent pitch to Albert Pujols, sitting behind the plate. Pujols caught the ball in the air. This may not seem significant, but for those of you that play fantasy sports, and in particular, ESPN's Streak for the Cash, this option was available (whether or not Obama's first pitch would hit the ground).
So the question is, did the fans boo Obama because of who is (keep in mind that Missouri was a red state, albeit barely, this past election), or because he was wearing a White Sox parka? Or better yet, did Obama intentionally wear a White Sox parka because he knew that he would be met with some jeers, and wanted the nay-sayers to think that the jeers were more directed at his choice in baseball team loyalty rather than him personally? Should he have worn a Cardinals' parka? Personally, I think President Bush got it right by wearing a Presidential parka when throwing out the first pitch rather than choosing sides.
But I'm sure that Obama supporters will say that he stuck to his loyalty, and should be commended as such.
I say, who cares?