The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama recently played basketball and spoke with ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. Their one-on-one game/conversation, held in Greensboro, N.C. last Wednesday, debuted on Monday’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter, opening night of the Democratic Convention in Denver. The piece will also run during Tuesday’s 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. SportsCenters, as well as Wednesday’s 1 a.m. program and 4-9 a.m. Wednesday re-airs.
Here are some baseball related excerpts:
Scott: “Congress played a vital role through its hearings, and baseball union and players union into more frequent testing for performance enhancing drugs and stricter penalties. When you were watching the hearings, what did you think of them?”
Obama: “I love baseball. Baseball is America's pastime. I'd like to see the baseball Commissioner handle this without Congress being involved. We've got a lot of stuff on our plate.”
Scott: “If the Cubs and the White Sox both make it to the World Series?
Obama: “I would be going.”
Scott: “Who would you root for?
Obama: “Oh, that's easy. White Sox. I'm not one of these fair weather fans. You go to Wrigley Field, you have a beer, beautiful people up there. People aren't watching the game. It's not serious. White Sox, that's baseball. Southside.”