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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 07/26/2011

President Obama welcomes San Francisco Giants to White House


President Barack Obama received a team jersey from the 2010 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants. (LARRY DOWNING - REUTERS)
After taking a rain check back in April, President Barack Obama finally welcomed the World Series champion San Francisco Giants to the White House on a day when both Commander in Chief and the NL West leaders had more important things to do.

Some Giants were reportedly miffed about spending an off day flying across the country to visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after their original trip — scheduled for April 29th during their series against the Washington Nationals — had been postponed by the President.

But Monday’s visit was nothing short of jovial as President Obama recognized baseball’s “characters with character.”

Obama singled out two of the Giants most notable characters during his remarks — lanky ace Tim Lincecum and wacky bearded closer Brian Wilson.

Of Lincecum, the president said:

“When Tim entered the draft five years ago, nine teams passed him over before the Giants picked him up. Nobody thought somebody that skinny with that violent a delivery could survive without just flying apart.”
“But now, with two Cy Youngs under his belt, everybody understands why he’s called ‘The Freak.’ ... And after watching him pitch eight incredible innings (in Game 5 of the World Series) — including a stretch of 11 strikes in a row — America learned sometimes it’s a good idea to be on the skinny guy. So, you and me.”

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was sure to acknowledge President Obama’s busy schedule during his brief remarks — oh, right, that whole debt ceiling crisis thing is still going on...? Meantime, San Francisco took a brief respite from its pursuit of a much-needed bat in the outfield to improve its chances of making it back to the fall classic.

The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers are now on the clock as the next team waiting for an invite to the White House. Had it not been for the lockout, they would have likely visited last spring. Now, according to the Journal Sentinel, Packers CEO Mark Murphy says the team is aiming for a date in August.

By  |  09:55 AM ET, 07/26/2011

 
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