Feb 12, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT
If I was El Presidente I’d do this kind of stuff all the time:
President Hugo Chavez and several members of his Cabinet took to the
field yesterday for a slow-pitch softball game with some of Venezuela’s
past and present major leaguers.
Among the players on hand were Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and former Reds shortstop David Concepcion . . .
. . . The president then pitched two innings and allowed seven runs.
Rodriguez, who finished his first season as a Met with 35 saves and 73
strikeouts, gave up 11 runs during three innings.
I suppose it’s possible that Hugo Chavez has better stuff than K-Rod, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that the hitters were laying off Chavez’s pitches a bit. I mean, spring training starts next week and no one wants to miss it because they’re in some secret jail in a non-descript building in the outskirts of Caracas, do they?
Anyway, like I said, if I was the president I’d be calling for these kinds of command performances, like, weekly. I mean it’s not like Will Clark and Eric Davis have anything better to do.
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