Today is Happy Presidents Day! in the United States, a celebration of the 44 men who have led our country as Commander in Chief for 240 years, from George Washington to Barack Obama.
The Monday in between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12th, and Washington on February 22nd, is a Federal Holiday, where all banks and schools are closed, and you can get a great deal on a new mattress or a brand new car.
Usually I've posted pictures of famous Presidents playing baseball, throwing out a first pitch during a ballgame, but this is an election year, and so I've scoured the Internet for the Republican and Democratic candidates for President in 2016, and their ties to baseball.
This photo of President Barack Obama and the Raving Presidents is probably my favorite Presidential Baseball photo of All-Time.
So, lets get started...
First off, the Democrats...
...why the Dems first you ask...its simple, there are only two candidates left in the race, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders, 74, was born in Brooklyn, New York,and is a Senator from the State of Vermont.
Growing up in Brooklyn during the heydey of the old Brooklyn Dodgers, 16 year old Bernie was devastated that his beloved childhood ballclub, Dem Bums, were leaving for Los Angeles.
As the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in the 1980s, Mayor Sanders helped bring Minor League Baseball to the city with the Vermont Reds, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Hillary Clinton, 68, was born in Chicago, Illinois, served as First Lady of the United States, was a Senator from New York, and served as Secretary of State under President Obama.
Ms. Clinton grew up a fan of the Chicago Cubs, and, as any fan of the Cubbies would've loved to have done, she sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame with Harry Carey.
Mrs. Clinton also likes, as she's said previously as a Senator from New York, a Yankees fan...not a popular choice for Cubs fans.
Like her or not, she swings for the fences...
The Republican Candidates....and there are quite a few...
Donald Trump, 69, was born in Queens, New York, and could've grown up rooting for any of the great teams in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Coogan's Bluff.
As a young man Trump was apparently quite a baseball player, having been scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox in the 1960s.
In 1962 the New York Mets came into the National League, in Trump's hometown in Queens, replacing the Dodgers and Giants after they left for California in 1958, so a young baseball fan could've become a Mets fan.
As a high flying businessman, Mr. Trump had many occasion to throw out a first pitch at a ballgame.
Jeb Bush, 63, was born in Midland, Texas, and his family has a long love of baseball going back to President George Herbert Walker Bush, a terrific baseball player at Yale.
Meeting Babe Ruth has to be the elder Bush's finest memory as a young man.
Jeb's brother, President George W. Bush, once owned the Texas Rangers.
President Bush did say he still regrets trading Sammy Sosa to tge Cubs.
Governor Bush did Tweet out this picture last year...
" #TBT to my Little League days."
I'm sure Governor Bush has lots of pictures from his baseball past, especially as Florida's main poitician during Grapefruit League action, unfortunately, the Internet didn't give me more than this in action photo...
I didn't Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Kasich, or Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, it's just I couldn't find any evidence they like baseball, or any picture of them in action...throwing out a first pitch, playing baseball, etc.
So, I hope you all enjoyed this Happy Presidents Birthday!