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Mar
10
2009
Did You Know? Sarge Matthews & Barack Obama are buddies.
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Just when I thought Sarge Matthews couldn’t possibly get any cooler…

It appears as though the greatest color commentator in broadcasting is all buddy-buddy with none other than the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.  And not like “Yeah, I met him once.”-type acquaintances either; more like “Hey Sarge, why don’t tag along with me on the pre-inauguration train ride from Philadelphia to Washington?”-cronies.

As the story goes, Sarge and Barack met each other when their daughters were attending the same dance class together in Chicago.  From there, the two became friendly and started scheduling golf outings and family cookouts.

For some odd reason, the monthly Atlanta Braves publication, Chop Talk, has more details:

“I’m not one of the guys you see playing basketball with him, but I do get invited to certain things.”

Some of the “things” Sarge is modestly referring to are the aforementioned train ride, a private tour of the White House with Barack, and a seat right next to the podium as he was getting sworn in.  Not too shabby.

“It was totally emotional to be part of history,” said Matthews, “you look out and see so many people. It was special to be part of something great like that. There are no words to describe it.”

Just in case you were wondering, Sarge was talking about the inauguration there, not the World Series parade.  But if you add up the two, they equal out to one heck of a year for the ex-Phillie:

“I’ve had a heck of a year,” Matthews said. [Ed. Note: Told you.] “This came at a perfect time for me. To be able to live through it again after playing in ’83 and beating the Dodgers, for these guys to come out and take it another step further, it was really a tearful moment. I almost kind of felt the way I thought I would had I been a player.”

It must be humbling for the President to know he has at least one friend who is waaay cooler than he could ever be.

Matthews’ presidential pal | ChopTalk

UPDATE: Courtesy of eagle-eyed commenter SJ, we now have proof of Sarge’s inauguration presence.

Click to enlarge.

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  • Lynniemac

    My god, do I love Sarge.

  • http://www.thefightins.com How do you spell retard?

    “For some odd reason, the monthly Atlanta Braves publication, Chop Talk, has more details”

    I think the reason is because Larry Jones is a cock.

  • http://www.thefightins.com Chamomiles Davis

    I went to high school with Joe Biden’s sons. Where’s my damned poster?

  • Tartan69

    Can Sarge apply to be in Obama’s cabinet? I’m sure he’s at least paid his taxes.

  • PhiPhan5648

    Sarge is such a badass… totally awesome pic too.

  • SJ

    I played some Where’s Sarge. I won.

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2d8h09g.jpg

    From this guy’s crazy megapixel photo.

    http://gigapan.org/viewGigapanFullscreen.php?auth=033ef14483ee899496648c2b4b06233c

  • 85

    Secretary of Headwear, Sarge Matthews.

  • http://www.thefightins.com meech.one

    Excellent job, SJ. I literally spent hours flipping through slideshows of the inauguration looking for him and I got nada.

  • http://www.ballssticksstuff.com Doc

    Meech, you’re slipping. There are only about three men in that pic wearing a hat. Did you actually think he would be there without a hat?

  • http://phillyskyline.com beelove

    sarge. fuck yeah.

  • http://www.thefightins.com meech.one

    That’s your shot I used for the Obamicon, B.

  • Beebs

    Any way that Sarge poster can make it’s way on to a shirt?

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