Photo: Twitter / @BushFdn
A set of familiar faces belonging to some of the biggest (and late) Astros fans now grace the seats behind home plate inside Minute Maid Park.
But I’m more interested in what’s on their feet.
President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush – who both passed away months apart in 2018 – have their likenesses cheering on the Houston Astros during the short season in which no fans are allowed to attend games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple sometimes attended games and evoked an elevated status for Houston, reminding the world that we were home to a beloved president who loves Astros baseball.
“Houstonians have taken great pride [knowing] President & Mrs. Bush called our great city home. They were longtime Astros fans & it’s wonderful to place them ‘back home’ behind home plate – a great way to honor their legacy. They were, & will always be, a fan favorite.” – @Astros pic.twitter.com/I6oVIJrpAH
— George & Barbara Bush Foundation (@BushFdn) August 14, 2020
“Houstonians have taken great pride [knowing] President & Mrs. Bush called our great city home,” the Astros said in a statement. “They were longtime Astros fans and it’s wonderful to place them ‘back home’ behind home plate – a great way to honor their legacy. They were, and will always be, a fan favorite.”
The only question is: What socks is the late president’s cutout wearing? His collection of eclectic footwear seemed unending, and it’s only fitting to imagine his spirit lives on through the tradition.