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Obama Goes Inside Baseball

By Robert Barnes
TAMPA -- Can you root for one team in the World Series while "showing some love" for the other?

That was the political inside baseball that Barack Obama attempted here during his rally at -- where else? -- George Steinbrenner Field, the spring training home of the New York Yankees.

Obama was joined on stage by six members of the Tampa Bay Rays, fresh off their 3-1 victory Sunday night over the Boston Red Sox and now headed to the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Outfielder Fernando Perez and rookie closer David Price introduced Obama, who took note of the Rays' trademark haircut.

"I was going to cut my hair in a Mohawk in solidarity," Obama said. "But my political advisers said they weren't sure how that would play with swing voters."

Obama did not mention that he had, earlier in the month, told crowds in Philadelphia that since his Chicago White Sox were out of the playoffs, "I'll root for the Phillies now.''

Instead, Obama declared: "I've said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox fan showing love to the Rays, and the Rays showing some love back -- you know we are on to something right here."

Slick.

But Obama may learn that there are some rivalries in the region as well. Residents of the Tampa Bay area know that the region's two main cities -- Tampa, where the football Bucs play, and St. Petersburg, which the Rays call home -- can get scratchy when either feels slighted.

So Obama might do well to make sure, next time he says "I know they are making Tampa proud," that St. Pete gets a shout-out as well.

And if one more baseball reference could be crammed into the rally, it was. Obama's sound system normally pounds out Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" when the candidate finishes speaking.

Today, it was John Fogarty -- "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play" -- and his baseball anthem, "Centerfield."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 20, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Battlegrounds  
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Comments

OBAMA BIDEN...!!!@


NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 20, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Great year for Tampa Bay...
Got the Rays
Bucs are winning
Got the World Series
Got the ACC Championship
Got the Super Bowl
....and Tampa will lead Obama to victory in Florida!!
Yaaaah!
:-)
Posted by: toritto | October 20, 2008 5:27 PM

Unfortunately, I'm a Lightning fan :-(

Posted by: flarrfan | October 20, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Great year for Tampa Bay...

Got the Rays

Bucs are winning

Got the World Series

Got the ACC Championship

Got the Super Bowl

....and Tampa will lead Obama to victory in Florida!!

Yaaaah!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 20, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Go Rays!!

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 20, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Rays over BoSox. Now there's some change we can believe in!

Posted by: SenorPlaid | October 20, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

GO PHILLY!!!

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Poor JakeD. Kind of a sad person isn't he?

1. "Stupid Jocks Millionaire who support McCain"...Can't think of a more BORING story line.

2. By the way, smart jocks like Michael Jordan, Bill Bradley, Tony Dungy --- Obama, Obama, Obama.

3. Obama's 30 minute video will delay game 6 - if there is one - about 6 minutes. Big hairy deal Jake.

4. Can you imagine McCain filling 30 minute of time? With what? Joe the plumber jokes? Sarah Palin's insights on energy policy?

5. Obama - top of his class at Harvard.
McCain - Bottom of his at the Naval academy (which he needed help getting into)
- No wonder dumb rich jocks support McSame.

JakeD - Pathetic and sad. So sad. Go RAYS.

Posted by: housing53 | October 20, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

How about a story with all the atheletes supporting John McCain? At least he doesn't PRE-EMPT the World Series like Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

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