Bush 41, 43 throw ceremonial pitch at World Series

George H.W. Bush announces 'Play ball'

By DANIELLA DIAZ , CNN
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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander shakes hands with former President George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush after the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of the 2017 World Series.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial pitch during Sunday night's World Series Game 5, while his father, former President George H.W. Bush, cheered him on the sidelines.

Before the game between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, the elder Bush handed his son the ball, who then threw the ceremonial first pitch.

Afterward, the 43rd president handed his father the microphone so he could announce "Play ball!"

This is not the first time the younger Bush has thrown out a first pitch at the World Series. He memorably did so in Game 3 of the 2001 World Series, when the New York Yankees played the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Yankee Stadium weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

The Astros won the game 13-12, in 10 innings, bringing them one win away from clinching the World Series.

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