Presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas) announced today that he will take a 2-week break from the campaign so he can try out for the Iowa Cubs, a AAA minor league baseball team that serves as a farm team for the major league Chicago Cubs team.
Paul has captivated many in the world of politics with his canny run for President. He now hopes to catch the attention of baseball fans and just maybe get to "The Show", a common reference among baseball fans for the major leagues.
He will start out in the bullpen for the Cubs. In his youth Paul was known for throwing some wild curveballs, knuckleballs, and other odd pitches. His political critics say that's where he gets all of his oddball ideas.
Some have suggested that Paul's baseball venture is just a stunt to get attention for his political campaign. Rudy Giuliani leveled just such a charge, saying that this incident is "absurd and outrageous ... I've never heard of such a thing." Indeed, the fact that Ron Paul, a man in his seventies, would start playing AAA baseball would usually get a lot of press attention, but for some reason the major media has not covered the story.
President Bush, however, expressed his support for Dr. Paul, saying that he hopes to follow in his fellow Texan's footsteps once his own political career is finished. Bush would play for a farm team in the Texas Rangers system.