July 27, 2011
In Case You Missed It
Photos: Mark Taylor/DC Spotlight
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama welcomed the baseball worldchampion San Francisco Giants to the White House Monday to celebrate the team’s victory over the Texas Rangers in last year’s World Series. Along with the president, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and San Francisco Giants great Willie Mays were also in attendance.
The Giants defeated the Rangers four games to one with the help of strong pitching from starter Tim Lincecum and closer Brian Wilson, whom the president singled out for both their dominance and their uncanny appearances. Lincecum, a 2-time Cy Young winner, is nicknamed “The Freak” for his lanky appearance but seemingly unhittable pitches, while Wilson sports a long jet black beard and fauxhawk.
The Giants’ players presented President Obama with a No. 44 jersey to honor his position as the 44th president of the United States. He also received a signed bat and a glove with the color scheme of the Chicago White Sox, his hometown team.
Said President Obama, “Even though this team is a little different, even though these players haven’t always followed the traditional rules, one thing they know is how to win.”