Thursday, April 1, 2004

Bush: VP Cheney to toss 1st pitch at Reds' opener

Enquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - President Bush confirmed Wednesday that Vice President Dick Cheney will throw out the first pitch at the Reds' opener on Monday.

"A former pitcher for the American Legion team in Casper, Wyoming, will also be throwing out an Opening Day pitch in Cincinnati," Bush said at a lunch with members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"That would be your vice president," Bush said. "He suggested that they not pull out the radar gun."

This will be Cheney's second visit to Southwest Ohio in two weeks. On Friday, he was in Dayton for a fund-raiser and troop rally at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Bush, former owner of the Texas Rangers, will throw out the first pitch two hours later Monday, at the St. Louis Cardinals' home opener. Two of his prime Cincinnati fund-raisers and friends, Bill DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds, own a piece of that team.

"I can't wait for the baseball season to open," Bush told the Hall of Famers, including Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky and former Reds Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Johnny Bench. "You know, some people - like, when they go up to relax - will have the symphony on. I have a baseball game on."

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