After winning their second World Series title in three years last fall, the San Francisco Giants visited President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate the achievement on Monday afternoon.
The team's official Twitter account snapped a photo of the team during its dress rehearsal for the ceremony:
On Twitter, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area captured the Giants being introduced via Vine:
Here come the Giants https://t.co/exyWO6Tgej— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 29, 2013
And how is this for a cool moment?
Obama introduces Willie Mays https://t.co/959ZcDqKQc— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 29, 2013
Meanwhile, Hunter Pence seemed to be enjoying the experience, as he struck a pose in front of a painting in the White House:
Of course, the Giants didn't come to the White House on any kind of tear. In fact, the team has lost 22 of its past 30 games and is currently in last place in the National League West, 10 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That caused John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle to joke after the following exchange:
Bochy thanked Obama for honoring the #sfgiants' "great ballclub." I'm sure the prez was briefed on the NL West standings.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) July 29, 2013
Apparently, the team also doesn't present many legible signatures, as Shea pointed out another funny moment in the ceremony:
Bochy, Posey presenting Obama with gifts: World Series ball and bat. "I can't read any of their signatures," the prez says.— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) July 29, 2013
Meanwhile, Buster Posey talked briefly about his time at the White House, which was actually his first trip, because he missed the last visit while doing rehab on his surgically repaired ankle. From Baggarly:
Buster Posey's favorite part of WH tour was Presidential library. But seeing Obama introduced was the best moment of the day.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) July 29, 2013
Starting pitcher Matt Cain talked briefly before the visit about what it meant to go to the White House as champions:
If you were wondering why the Giants aren't visiting the White House when they travel to Washington next month, Baggarly has an interesting factoid that answers that question:
There was a gripe or two back in 2011 when the Giants had to fly a day early to Washington DC before beginning a road trip at Philadelphia. Coincidentally, the Giants are on the same itinerary this time around (except they’ll take buses to Philadelphia instead of the train).
President Obama’s calendar couldn’t accommodate the Giants when they play a series at Nationals Park next month. Back in 2011, President Obama was busy while the Giants were in the District, too. That’s when special forces were taking out Osama Bin Laden.
So anyone who wants to complain about giving up a day off...
The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in four games to win last year's World Series, sweeping their way to a second title in three years.
It was not lost on the team at the ceremony that President Obama won something for the second time last year too, just over a week after the Giants wrapped up the title, as he was reelected President of the United States.