Presidential pop for Pierzynski in Texas

Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski reached into the

stands to try to catch a foul ball – and found himself face-to-face

with former President George W. Bush.

Pierzynski was going for a foul pop near the Texas Rangers

dugout in the sixth inning Monday night. The ball dropped into the

owner’s box where Bush and his wife, Laura, sat with team president

Nolan Ryan, whose wife, Ruth, had her hands over her head

protecting herself. The ball didn’t hit anyone.

The former president smiled while making a comment to

Pierzynski, who lingered for a lighthearted exchange when he

realized who was talking to him after the play.

”I told him just ’cause he was the president doesn’t mean I

wouldn’t jump on top of him,” Pierzynski said after the game. ”He

and his wife got a good chuckle out of it. It was a light moment in

an otherwise quick game.”

When the ball came off the bat of Adrian Beltre, Pierzynski felt

had an opportunity to make a play.

”Obviously, I knew (the former president) was there,”

Pierzynski said. ”When I saw the ball go up, I actually thought I

had a chance to catch it. I was going to reach around. I needed

about another foot and then I realized I almost jumped in the

president’s lap. It was funny. I had Nolan Ryan and George W. Bush

sitting within 5 feet of each other.”

Bush lives in the Dallas area and attends several Rangers games

each season.