Bush Greets First-Place Nationals
Jun. 25, 2005
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Washington Nationals got an unexpected visitor when they returned to RFK Stadium on Friday night after a nine-game road trip: President Bush.
Bush was joined in the stands by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, brother Marvin Bush and the president's nominee as U.S. ambassador to France, Craig Stapleton _ a Bush cousin by marriage. They appeared in the front row of an open, mezzanine-level box along the third-base line.
The president was spotted drinking bottled water as Nationals right-hander Esteban Loaiza retired the first three Toronto Blue Jays he faced.
Bush left just before ``God Bless America'' was performed during the seventh-inning stretch.
Washington, which is seeking its 11th straight home victory, led 2-0 when the president's party departed.
It was Bush's second appearance at a Nationals game. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch April 14 when the Nationals hosted Arizona in the first regular season baseball game in Washington since 1971, and he watched several innings of Washington's 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.