“It doesn’t get much better than this," President Bush beamed Wednesday night, "Country music in the Rose Garden and celebrating baseball.”
On the night after Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, some of the game's greats headed to Washington for a White House dinner.
Among those present: Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Joe Morgan, Cal Ripken and Ryne Sandberg, Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Rick Monday, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, New York Mets pitcher Billy Wagner, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar, and Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz.
Others spotted included former Bush press secretary and big baseball fan Ari Fleischer, who said he was seated near John Hillerich (of Hillerich & Bradley fame, the makers of baseball bats in Louisville), and ESPN reporters Peter Gammons and Tim Kurkjian, plus the “Mike & Mike” radio team of Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg.
Country singer Kenny Chesney entertained, and at one point, Millar joined him and sang.
The evening's menu included: Chile-lime crab salad, fresh Avocadoes and vine-ripened tomatoes, aged ribeye, artichoke puree and creamed spinach, crisp farmstand vegetable salad and creamy yoghurt dressing with chips.