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San Francisco Giants miffed President Obama bumped White House visit during Osama bin Laden operation

(From L to R) Ryan Vogelsong, Brian Wilson, Pablo Sandoval, Tim Lincecum and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants are scheduled to visit the White House on Monday. Will they get stood up again? (POOL/REUTERS)

Exciting, right? A chance to shake hands with President Obama and stand on the steps of the White House (or probably inside if temperatures remain north of 100 degrees). What could be finer?

Some Giants would argue an off day would be better spent, well, off.

According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, several Giants are privately complaining about spending a rare off day traveling across the country.

Recently-acquired infielder Jeff Keppinger had this to say when asked if he was looking forward to meeting the Commander in Chief: “Uh”... well, sure.”

So why was the Giants’ original visit — scheduled during their lone road series against the Washington Nationals — postponed?

If you’ll recall, the president had his hands full the weekend of April 29-May 1 — he was busy seeing through Operation Neptune Spear, the covert mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Assuming President Obama doesn’t find something “more important” to do Monday, the most intriguing question is what will enigmatic closer Brian Wilson wear to the ceremony? His Spandex tux?

“He may have to break it out,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Jose Mercury News. “But I don’t know if they’ll let him in wearing that.”

*It should be noted the Giants open a three-game set in Philadelphia on Tuesday, so whether it was Sunday night, Monday morning or Tuesday morning, they had to make their journey East at some point.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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