ST. LOUIS -- Nearly everyone in uniform was looking forward to President Barack Obama's arrival at the All-Star Game, particularly because early plans called for Obama to spend time in each clubhouse greeting each player.
When pitcher Mark Buehrle said he was hoping to get an individual picture taken with the president, someone told him that since Buehrle pitches for Obama's favorite team, the Chicago White Sox, maybe the president would seek him out.
"I'm not sure if he knows about that or cares about that," Buehrle said. He's got more important stuff to do."
American League manager Joe Maddon joked that he may borrow Buehrle's White Sox cap and wear it for Obama's arrival in the AL clubhouse.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, who warned President George W. Bush before his 2001 World Series first-ball toss not to bounce it or the crowd will boo, said he had no such advice prepared for Obama.
"We're in St. Louis," Jeter said. "They don't really boo that much. I'll just tell him, 'Don't get hurt.'"