ST. LOUIS -- The Hawaiian Punch, as Shane Victorino became known during last fall's postseason, had a treat waiting for President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
When he singled in the second inning of the American League's eventual 4-3 win, Obama was in the broadcast booth with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
"By the way," Obama told them. "Since I grew up in Hawaii, this kid, while we were down in the clubhouse, he actually gave me some macadamia nuts from back home."
Victorino smiled following the game after a night which he called a "wonderful experience."
"It went well," he said of Obama's clubhouse visit. "He was very appreciative. It was nice to see a fellow Hawaiian and give him his gift of Aloha."
Victorino said Obama held the nuts aloft, showing his gift to the rest of the NL players.
Though Obama did not wear his White Sox jacket into the NL clubhouse, nobody in there seemed offended when he wore it onto the field.
"You have to honor the fact that he's true to his convictions and loyalty," Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman said.
A member of the Secret Service briefed the NL team about 20 minutes before Obama's arrival, explaining which door he would enter through and what the procedure would be. He visited the AL clubhouse, too.
"When you see the president in the room you're in, it's pretty cool," Hoffman said. "I enjoyed it."
Likes: Very cool seeing Stan Musial driven in from right field during pre-game ceremonies. Stan the Man looked pretty good. ... The pre-game ceremony, which also included Cardinal Hall of Famers Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Ozzie Smith, was nicely done. ... Carl Crawford as the game's MVP. He's a good guy and he's sure put in his time for some bad Tampa Bay teams before reaching the pinnacle. Plus, he was hurt down the stretch last year and couldn't even contribute much when Tampa Bay finally turned in a winner. ... Sheryl Crow singing the national anthem. Great voice, seems like a real sweet gal. She smiled and said hello to me as we passed in a hallway under the stadium before Tuesday's game. .... Good weather, no rain. ... St. Louis was one big party this week. Very festive downtown, and the people wearing red, my goodness! Colleague Danny Knobler observed that at most All-Star Games, you see fans wearing all sorts of different team T-shirts and caps. Not here. It was one big red sea. ... The Arch and the Mississippi River never get old. ... Whatever your political persuasion, it is very cool to be in the same place where the president is throwing out a first ball. ... A few post-All-Star break days off.
Dislikes: No baseball on Wednesday.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"I too am lost
"I feel double-crossed
"And I'm sick of what's wrong and what's right"
-- Bob Seger, Roll Me Away