"I was starstruck when I saw him and [former first lady] Barbara [Bush]," Astros third baseman Chris Johnson said. "It was awesome and a huge honor they invited us to have lunch."
Johnson was joined by teammates Hunter Pence, Brett Wallace and Mark Melancon. Bush treated the group to a lunch consisting of salad and pizza and then gave the players and staff prizes, such as an autographed baseball with the presidential seal and presidential cufflinks.
"It shows what a gracious person he and Barbara are," McLane said. "The players have their picture taken individually with each and as a group, and he and Barbara tell stories about being world leaders. I've been 15 times, and every time I hear something and see something new and get inspired."
Wallace was only 2 years old when Bush took office in 1989, but he understood the significance of getting to meet the 41st President.
"It's unbelievable to get a chance to sit down with a former President and talk to him about different things from presidential life to his son's presidency and all those things," Wallace said. "It's a one-in-a-lifetime experience, and something I'll definitely cherish for the rest of my life."