Last night’s game was ugly, but still provided plenty of star power at the opener of the World Series. No, we’re not talking about A-Rod and Kate Hudson.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, took the field during pre-game ceremonies to a big ovation, along with a Yankee legend.
Major League Baseball dedicated Game One of the Yankees-Phillies series, won by the NL champion visitors, 6-1, to the charity Welcome Back Veterans.
Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden escorted World War II veteran Yogi Berra – the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher – to the mound for the first-pitch ceremony.
All wore jackets with “World Series” on the front and their names on the back. Iraq war veteran Tony Odierno threw the first pitch to Derek Jeter.
Odierno, who lost an arm in Iraq, works in the Yankees’ stadium operations department. His dad is Gen. Raymond Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.
Yogi Berra receives – and gets – a hand from Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.
Jill Biden is a Phillies fan. Michelle Obama, unlike her White Sox-fan husband, grew up a Cubs fan. They high-fived fans as they walked down the tunnel.
Earlier that day, Obama and Biden honored wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx.
The First Lady’s message was simple but profound: We can all do a little something to honor the men and women of the military. And please, Michelle emphasized, don’t forget the families they often have to leave behind while serving overseas.
“You can do something as simple as offering to drive a car pool, or offering babysitting,” Obama told the room of veterans and staff members. “Above all, each of us can simply reach out and do something really small – and say thank you.”
Click to enlarge more Michelle Obama pictures from yesteday …