April 6, 2004

Rumors in St. Louis. I read that the ovation at Busch Stadium for George W. Bush yesterday was louder than the cheers for Stan Musial. I was skeptical. Knowing Bush's aversion to any crowd that isn't hand-picked with adoring fans, I wondered if the White House had bought out the entire stadium. Then I saw this in the St. Louis Post-Disptach: "A somewhat hostile crowd complained mightily about the problems the presidential motorcade caused with regular fans trying to get into the park. A Cards employee tipped moi that the team was so concerned about Bush being booed that they piped in fake applause when he strode out to the mound. [Team president Mark] Lamping flatly denied it."

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