Racing President Pics and Phillip Daniels
Well, I have a new photo on my desktop, for today at least. Observe Giant Racing Abe, on yesterday's Illinois Inaugural Float, passing by the White House. That's the President and First Lady in the background. Any time that the current president is reduced to a small unfocused blip in the background while the lens laps up the giant head of a baseball mascot, I'm putting it on my desktop.
Besides Giant Abe, here's someone else who was downtown yesterday: Skins defensive end Phillip Daniels. He and his wife woke up at 5 a.m, were at the Metro by 5:30 and were at the Mall by 7. They had standing-room tickets, and so Daniels and his surgically repaired knee stood for six or so hours. Both Daniels and his knee fared just fine.
"It was an adventure, man, but it was worth it," he said later on the phone. "I made it through, man. I did good. It was a good test for my knee, too....I'll remember this the rest of my life."
He came home with Obama posters, Obama pins, Obama hats, and Obama paddles, and planned to look for more Obama stuff on eBay.
(Here's someone who wasn't there: the Nats' Willie Harris. "I wish I could have been there, but it's too cold for me up there," he told MLB.com, in what was certainly the quote of the day. Heck, I stayed inside for the same reason. Harris is already anticipating Obama throwing out the first pitch this spring, against the Phillies. Expect boos.)
As for the Giant Headed Racing Presidents, they did indeed make several inaugural stops, including a joint appearance with Slapshot at the Children's Inaugural Ball, hosted by Every Child Matters. That's where these photos--taken by Daniel Tana--came from. And with the economy in trouble and budgets tight, don't tell me that local sports franchises aren't in a tooth and nail fight for every fan.
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