The 2009 World Series Champions, The New York Yankees resumed their victory tour yet again today. Yet they weren't visiting a Yankees fan. In fact the team visited a White Sox fan. (Relax, I said WHITE sox fan not RED sox fan).
So who was the lucky guest of honor?
Oh, just Barack Obama, the President of the United States.
The team visited with the president to celebrate their world championship from last year and presented him with a number 27 jersey. Normally the championship teams that visit the president give him the number jersey which represents his presidency. In Obama's case, number 44 is retired and belongs to Reggie Jackson.
Obama stressed the importance of the athletes giving back to the community while still enjoying their fame. He specifically mentioned Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mark Teixeira. He even shared an anecdote about Teixeira and his first big contribution to his former high school.
“Before he was a three-time Golden Glove winner, Mark was a 21-year-old kid fresh out of Georgia Tech,” President Obama said. “Shortly after signing his first Major League contract, Mark visited his old high school and asked how much it would cost to set up a scholarship in the name of a friend who had been killed in a car accident. And when he was told it would cost $75,000, he wrote a check on the spot.”The players and the rest of the delegation also visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Here's a funny quote from the President himself I'll leave you with before showing off some pictures.
“It’s been nine years since your last title—which must have felt like eternity for Yankee fans. I think other teams would be just fine with a spell like that. The Cubs, for example,” Obama said, drawing laughs from players, coaches, members of his Cabinet and Congress and other guests.