Torey Lovullo worked out with President Obama yesterday


I realize that presidents stay in hotels just like anyone else when they travel, but I never really considered that they used the hotel facilities just like any other schmo business traveler does.

But I guess you gotta stay in shape somehow, and if you’re staying in nice hotels like the president does, you probably get access to some pretty nice gyms and things. Gyms that don’t have crappy TVs on the treadmill that are fuzzy all the time and only get, like, four channels so you end up watching “Pardon the Interruption” or “Around the Horn” even though those shows fill you with despair and hopelessness for the prospects of the human race.

In any event, Obama was in New York yesterday, as were the Boston Red Sox. And they were all staying at the Palace Hotel. As is his habit, Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo went down to work out yesterday morning and there in the gym was Obama, working out too. And they had a little photo op. The photo, seen above, was circulated by the Associated Press and Boston Globe, was taken by Reds GM Mike Hazen.

According to Pete Abraham’s story in the Globe, Luvollo said the President talked baseball with him and that “He’s fairly dialed in to what’s happening in major league baseball.” He also said Obama was “a strong man,” who was using the same free weights Luvollo was and that they were heavy for the Sox’ manager.

All of that is fun, but I’m still stuck on Obama using hotels just like ordinary business travelers do. It makes me wonder if he does things like charge a $9 egg sandwich to his room at the Courtyard Marriott breakfast counter even though he knows it’s a total ripoff simply because he doesn’t want to put real pants on to go to a restaurant. It makes me wonder if he clicks on “yes” for the super-premium wi-fi at the Westin and then feels guilty later because all he used it for was to check email and stuff. It makes me wonder if he orders a whole pizza to his room, eats the whole dang thing on the bed while watching a movie for the 50th time on HBO and then falls asleep with a weird combination of self-loathing, homesickness and heartburn.

Um, not that I’m describing anyone’s specific business travel habits. No sir.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.