Put politics aside – this is baseball


All five living US Presidents will participate in a special video salute to “All-Stars Among Us” before the current occupant of the Oval Office, Barack Obama, throws out the first pitch for Fox’s broadcast of the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game next Tuesday.

In addition to Obama, the special pre-game ceremony will feature video appearances by Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. Each President will highlight the accomplishments of one of the 30 “All-Stars Among Us” – citizens being saluted for their selfless acts of giving and service to their communities. The 30 – one for each MLB team – were selected in online voting through an initiative by the MLB and People magazine.

“The importance of community service is personified by the 30 ‘All-Stars Among Us’ and reinforced by the willingness of the five living Presidents to come together in support of this important theme during the Midsummer Classic. In addition to celebrating baseball’s best on the field, Major League Baseball wants to shine a light on stars in the community whose work improves the lives of those who are less fortunate,” said Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.