In baseball-obsessed Bushland the controversy was a topic of conversation throughout the next day. "Who didn't think it might go to 11 innings?" Bush asked, amazed at the lack of preparation. Various aides ran through the possible solutions with their boss, weighing whether the teams should have used pitchers who had already cooled down or put players on the mound who don't normally pitch. While the president did dismiss a suggestion that the final victor be determined by home run derby of each team's biggest hitters, he offered no suggestion for how the "pathetic" resolution, as he called it, might have been avoided.
In the end, Bush took a political lesson from the debacle. He suggested that Communications Director Dan Bartlett dispatch an intern to draw up a case study of how Selig bobbled the matter as an object lesson in what not to do in a crisis.