WASHINGTON – "Play ball!"
That's the word from President Bush, who has decided to return T-ball to the White House south lawn, hosting the first game since Sept.11 this weekend.
Bush, a former baseball team owner, is "delighted" to start up the games again, said Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
The games were cancelled after terrorist attacks forced the White House to clamp down on security. Scheduled school tours returned to the White House earlier this year and the presidential mansion opened up for the children last month for the traditional Easter Egg roll.
Sundays game will be a match-up between the Uniondale Little League Sluggers from New York and the Six-and-Eleven Little League Sluggers from Trenton, New Jersey.
The T-ball league also has a new honorary commissioner: Cal Ripken, the former Baltimore Orioles iron-man who retired last year.
The president hosted three games last summer which he observed from the stands behind first base.The Associated Press contributed to this report