03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In Japan, Bush Expresses Regrets... For Baseball Decisions

Over at Foreign Policy's blog, Joshua Keating reports that President George W. Bush was in Japan yesterday, throwing out the first pitch at game three of Japan's World Series and doing what he could to finally teach the Japanese to GET MOTIVATED! Along the way, he addressed a group of students, and offered them advice on how to run a major world-power a baseball franchise. Bush was the managing general partner of the Texas Rangers from 1989 until his ascension to the Texas governorship in 1994.

Bush's irony-rich advice included this tidbit:

Bush also said it was important to take responsibility for decisions, including bad ones - and referred to what he has acknowledged was one of his biggest mistakes with the Rangers: approving the 1989 trade that sent future home-run slugger Sammy Sosa to the Chicago White Sox for designated hitter Harold Baines.

Ahh, the memories:

At any rate, of course you wouldn't make that trade today! 9/11 changed everything.

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