WTF? Chavez Threw Out First Pitch At Mets Game

Whoa I don’t remember this one, but UNI WATCH BLOG has a photo today of maniacal Venenzuelan dictator Hugo Chavez throwing out the first pitch at a Mets game in 1999:

Hugo Chavez Throws Out First Pitch At Mets Game

The ceremony was part of Chavez’s first visit to the U.S.

Seeing the now-bloated tyrant tucked into a spandex baseball uni is pretty amusing. But not as funny as what was reported during Chavez’s visit with U.S. biz leaders.

From the BBC at the time:

The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, on his first official visit to the United States, has been reassuring American business leaders about his plans for the economy .

Mr Chavez told hundreds of bankers and business leaders in New York that he welcomed foreign investment in Venezuela’s large oil industry, and pledged to continue with the privatisation of state-owned companies. He also said the government was looking into issuing bonds as part of measures to reduce Venezuelan debt.

Reminds me a little of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returning to Britain touting assurances from Hitler that the German dictator wouldn’t make war.

And Hitler was also a sportsman at heart, just ask Jesse Owens.

OK, he’s dead, buy you know what I mean.