San Francisco Giants Visit the White House, President Obama Speaks



For a team that’s 12 games under .500 and last in the NL West, it’s hard to remember sometimes that the San Francisco Giants are indeed World Series champions.

On Monday afternoon, we all remembered it, as the Giants were honored at the south lawn of the White House by President Obama.

The president spoke for a few minutes with the team standing behind him.

He said the Giants were “making this a habit,” and talked about the similarities and differences between last year’s championship and the 2010 World Series title.

“Even though they used a different closer down the stretch, he still had a beard to fear,” said Obama. He also poked fun at Tim Lincecum’s haircut, saying that he couldn’t even recognize “The Freak” anymore.

Obama concluded his short speech by announcing that the Giants would be building an edible garden with kale in the center field bleachers, as well as praising their efforts to make a difference in the community with the Junior Giants.

Finally, he had some words of encouragement for Giants manager Bruce Bochy. After the ceremony, Obama told Bochy that he’s confident the Giants will turn things around because “they’re a second half team.”

Wasn’t the president briefed about the “second half team” that just got swept by the Cubs?

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Photos from the White House

Giants players shared their experience on social media:

The Giants gave Obama a signed World Series bat and ball. The president joked that he couldn’t read any of their signatures:

And, of course, the lovable broadcasters:

 

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