WASHINGTON--President Obama, a diehard Chicago White Sox fan, watched his South Siders play the Nationals Friday night--star Stephen Strasburg pitching--taking in the game with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, pal Eric Whitaker and former Illinois State Sen. William Marovitz (D-Chicago).
Others mingling with Obama included Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) Obama daughters Sasha, 9 and Malia, 11--she will be 12 on July 4--and brother-in-law Konrad Ng.
Update: Obama did not stay for the entire game, which ended with the Sox beating the Nationals 2-1 in an 11-inning game. According to the pool report, Obama left in the ninth inning--and also sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Obama's motorcade left the stadium at 9:18 p.m. est and arrived back at the White House at 9:31 p.m. est)
Obama was wearing a White Sox cap and a white shirt, enjoying a beer during the game. When South Sider Obama tossed out the first pitch at the Nationals opening in April, he wore his Sox cap and a Nationals jacket. First Lady Michelle Obama, back from her vacation with her girls in California, did not attend the game.
Reinsdorf, as a visiting owner, was provided a box by the team, a courtesy the White Sox give to visiting owners when they are home.
The White Sox are making their debut at Nationals Stadium in cross-league action, playing as standout Strasburg is making his third start for the Nationals. The three-game White Sox-Nationals Series runs through Sunday.
Chicago Sun-Times White Sox writer Joe Cowley is at the game; follow his Twitter, blog and other reports at http://blogs.suntimes.com/whitesox/
OBAMA CALLS LAKERS (AND FORMER BULLS) COACH PHIL JACKSON
This from the White House: Earlier today, President Obama called Phil Jackson, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, to congratulate him and his team on winning the NBA Finals for the second year in a row and on Jackson's 11th championship as a head coach. The President said that it was a great series, worthy of the rivalry and noted that in last night's game, Derek Fisher had yet another huge postseason shot. The President said he looked forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.
WHITE SOX-- NATIONALS GAME NOTES
below, from the NATIONALS...
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. Game-Time Temp.: 81 degrees Time of Game: 2 hours, 55 minutes Attendance: 40,325
Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 and allowed 4 hits in 7.0 innings of 2-run ball but received a no-decision...in 3 starts, he is 2-0
with a 1.86 ERA (4 ER/19.1 IP)...Strasburg has 32 strikeouts and just 5 walks (6.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio) in his 3 starts...he is averaging 14.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, and has posted double-digit strikeout totals in 2 of his 3 starts.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: With his strikeout of Alexei Ramirez in the fifth inning, Stephen Strasburg established an MLB record for most strikeouts in first 3 games of a career (since 1900) with 32...Strasburg shattered the previous record of 29 set by J.R. Richard (1971).
WELL DUNN: Adam Dunn's RBI double in the 7th inning off Gavin Floyd tied the game at 1-1...in 37 games dating to May 9, Dunn is hitting at a
.329 (46-for-140) clip with 14 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 26 RBI, 23 runs and 10 walks.
EXTRA, EXTRA: With tonight's 2-1 triumph, Chicago tallied their 4th victory in a row and their 9th in the last 11 contests...it was their 2nd
extra inning victory of the year (April 12 at Toronto).
START ME UP: Gavin Floyd tossed 8.0 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 5...he retired 9 in a row at
one point...including tonight's effort, Floyd boasts a 1.23 ERA (3 ER/22 IP) with 22 strikeouts in his last 3 starts.