TSD EXCLUSIVE: Man Who Hurled Shoes at President Bush Immediately Signed by Yankees
Bush League. President George Bush reacts to the old brush back from 28 year old Iraqi pitcher/journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki calls the pitch a strike. The second pitch was just outside for a ball.
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Muntadhar “Green Zone” al-Zaidi, the 28 year old Iraqi journalist who threw both his shoes at visiting U.S. President George W. Bush at a press conference Sunday has been signed by the New York Yankees. Pending his release from an Iraqi jail, the right hander is expected report to spring training in mid-February with pitchers and catchers.
“His control is excellent,” said Yankees Head of Middle East Player Development, Ahmed Saad. “It’s pretty clear he won’t give up much of the plate, and can be intimidating. His pitches were clocked at 92 and 95 miles per hour respectively. Unfortunately for him, Al-Zaidi wasn’t able to complete his pitch sequence as he was wrestled to the ground and took what we call here in Iraq, ‘an early shower.’”
Al-Zaidi is also known to be a solid hitting pitcher, should the Yankees consider using him as trade bait with a National League team.
Bush, himself a huge baseball fan, was impressed with the movement on the shoes.
“It looked like he was throwing heat, but his stuff really has a little wrinkle to it,” said Bush. “If he isn’t hanged or beaten with clubs for the rest of his life, I think the kid’s got a pretty high ceiling. And he’s well liked. If you noticed, several of his teammates rushed him to celebrate the throws. That never would have happened when Saddam was in power. That’s democracy and your hard-earned tax dollars at work.”
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