Former U.S. President George W. Bush attended the Major League Baseball (MLB) game that took place between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, ABC 13 Houston reports.
It was game three of the American League Championship Series (ALCS). The Astros, the reigning World Series champions, emerged victorious in the game by a score of 8-5.
Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was joined at the game by his wife, Laura Bush, the former First Lady of the United States.
The Bushes watched the game from a box, according to Fox 4.
Former President Bush is known for being an avid baseball fan, particularly a Texas baseball fan.
Bush, a former governor of Texas, used to be a co-owner of the Texas Rangers. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Bush purchased a 2% stake in the Rangers in 1989. Over the years, he has attended many of their games and he has even thrown out at least one first pitch.
ABC 13 reports that Bush spoke with Dusty Baker, the manager of the Houston Astros, before the game on Wednesday.
Per the outlet:
In fact, ABC13 briefly chatted with President Bush after he left the Astros clubhouse minutes before the first pitch of Game 3. President Bush said he visited with manager Dusty Baker, who he called "a good man" but was especially excited to meet Dusty's son, Darren Baker.
Bush was caught on video touring the facility before the game.
Fox 4 reports that there were several other celebrities and politicians at the game, in addition to Bush.
Among them was current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). The governor posted a message to X, saying, "A great night for baseball in Arlington! I think Texas has a pretty good shot at the World Series this year."
A great night for baseball in Arlington!
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 19, 2023
The band Creed, according to Fox 4, was also in attendance and received a lot of attention. The outlet reports that "Besides a few of the players, no one has gotten more attention during the Rangers playoff run than the band Creed."
Also in attendance were Dallas Cowboys player Micah Parsons, rapper Travis Scott, and Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, among others. It was a big night for baseball.