White House trip caps off 2009 World Series celebration

Ramirez outduels Vizcaino in Charleston win
The new and (slightly) improved Boone Logan
Photo Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

One of the many perks of winning the World Series is getting an all expenses paid trip to the White House, where hanging out and mingling with cut throat politicians in awe of their favorite players is one of the many items on the day’s agenda. Just imagine big CC Sabathia towering over Hilda Solis when the two were introduced. Or Alex Rodriguez and Hillary Clinton. I should stop there, but you get the idea.

"When I live here, I'm going to tell Dallas Braden it's an unwritten rule that he has to pick up my dog's poop. Bwahaha!" (Photo Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

President Barack Obama gave a six-plus minute speech (full transcript here) during which he cracking jokes about the Cubs and singled out Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Mark Teixeira, and Jorge Posada for their work beyond the baseball field and the way they carry on the Yankee tradition. Sabathia, A-Rod, and Andy Pettitte apparently haven’t met the President’s criteria for True Yankeedomâ„¢ yet. Chad Jennings has more on Teixeira, who was honored for starting a scholarship in the name of a friend killed in car accident just days after cashing his first big paycheck back in 2001.

Other than that, Obama gave the usual shtick about being a champion and persevering and all that. I’m sure it’s a day that everyone in attendance will remember forever – I know I would – but more importantly, this trip basically concluded the World Championship tour. There are no more ring ceremonies, no more openers, no more trips to see the President. It’s all in the past, and the pursuit for the 2010 World Series crown now begins in earnest.

For those who missed it while at work or school today, the White House has made the video of the Yanks’ appearance available on YouTube. Check it out:

Ramirez outduels Vizcaino in Charleston win
The new and (slightly) improved Boone Logan
  • B-Rando

    That picture just looks….right

  • Salty Buggah

    Haha, hilarious caption Mike. That picture is perfect.

    If I were A-Rod, I’d that get that framed and hang it my house. Anyone who walks in will be amazed. Big/luxurious house, valuable baseball memorabilia, Centaur portraits, and that picture = Awesome.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    So, did all the Yankees get to go or just the ones that are on the team last year?

    Like “Sorry, Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson, we’ll be at the White House, see ya at Camden Yards” just seems mean. Then again, I guess it sucks for the guys not on the team anymore who didn’t get to go.

    • andrew

      Winn said he wasn’t going out of respect. Didn’t hear anything about Grand or Johnson.

    • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

      I think only members of the championship team are allowed to go.

    • Jack

      Heh. I like to picture them left outside the gate, staring at the White House longingly.

  • Manimal

    10:18ish, look how south cali hughes is with his handshake

  • MattyLoop

    The President didnt single out Andy or A-Rod for one reason: PEDs.

    • Kevin G.
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      If you’re serious, this argument is silly. He didn’t mention (ALCS MVP) CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano, AJ Burnett, Nick Swisher, or anyone else other than Tex, Mo, Jeet, and Jorge.

      • Salty Buggah

        Well, Obama DOES have access to a bunch of things we don’t so maybe he knows something about PEDs and CC, AJ, Robbie, & Swish that we don’t know.

        /Hypothetical ESPN NY’d

        • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

          OH. MY. GOD.

          Shut the operation down!!! Just… SHUT IT DOWN!!!!

        • Rogue Trader


          That was good. Aw man.

      • Jammy Jammers

        Also, someone taking a drug or supplement to hit a ball farther is NOTHING compared to the scum he associates with every single day.

  • dkidd

    i’m annoyed that sterling and kay are there

    but i’m pleased to have a president who isn’t a moron

  • Tom Zig

    I gotta say A-Rod is a snazzy dresser.

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    I said it before, I’ll say it again: what the heck was Teixeira wearing/what the heck was up with his hair

    • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

      also, when I saw this live, the way Kay thrust out his hand rather violently to shake Obama’s hand was kind of hilarious

    • Tom Zig

      Your link is interesting.

      • http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/98292368.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5393716D3DED664DB8830F5DE2D38E9FEFC9C9BA2D4A6B468 bexarama

        it greatly amused me for several reasons, what can I say.

    • larryf

      Tex showed up with that hair in ST-we got his autograph at a restaurant in Tampa-and he’s been looking like a 4th grader ever since! Needs a makeover from Canali. Thank God Suzy Waldman didn’t sing the National Anthem. Who were the other gals in the pic?

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    Joba looked rather antsy while waiting for Obama to come over to his side of the room.

    • Across the pond

      He was gruntin’ and fartin’

  • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

    Or Alex Rodriguez and Hillary Clinton.

    I just JIMP’d.

    What’s with the new commenting format?

  • Kyle

    Why do the TV and radio people get to be in the picture? They weren’t part of the team or the front office.

    On a side note, I love the room that they give Michael Kay’s head in the picture haha.

  • Across the pond

    Needs more Matsui

  • Jersey

    My two favorite parts of last year in one photo. Too much awesome.

  • smurfy

    Loved Arod’s thoughts from the portico. It even gives me a little shot of ambition.