SI: Do you still root for the Rangers?
GWB: It's a tough year to root for them, but I do. And the Astros. You know, we moved to Houston in '59, and the Astros came shortly thereafter. I used to go to a lot of Astros games and was an Astros fan for a long, long time.
SI: What's your favorite college team, besides Yale?
GWB: [Laughs] Let's see, that's a tough one with these guys [his staff, many of them Texans] in here. I like the Texas teams, let me put it to you that way. I'm somewhat partial to the University of Texas, because when I was governor, I spent a lot of time in the gym [there]; that was a place where I could go work out and be alone, if I needed to be. And I got to know [football coach] Mack Brown and Jeff (Mad Dog) Madden, the strength coach. I got to see the insides of the program and became very fond of the men that were involved with the program. But I also like A&M a lot. And the truth of the matter is, I root for all Texas teams.
SI: Who's your favorite baseball player today?
GWB: I'd probably say some of the old Rangers, guys I got to know. Pudge [ Rodriguez], for example. I like Raffy- Rafael Palmeiro. You know, one of my favorite ballplayers of all is Julio Franco. Great hitter. He was gracious enough to invite Laura and me and our twins to his wedding at his house in Arlington. The girls will never forget it. They still think about him.
SI: The Washington Post wrote a story that baseball helped give people a sense of you as more of a regular guy. Do you agree with that description? Or do you think that, because some people look at your family and think—
GWB: Yes, elite.
GWB: I don't know. As The Washington Post has since found out, I don't sit around trying to analyze myself a lot. I hope people saw me as a good businessman and somebody who, when given a responsibility [to run the Rangers], upheld the responsibility.