It’s official: President Barack Obama will welcome the Giants to
the White House on Monday to honor the team for its 2010 World
By Carl Steward – The Oakland Tribune
SAN FRANCISCO – It’s official: President Barack Obama will welcome the Giants to the White House on Monday to honor the team for its 2010 World Series victory.
With that comes the key question: What will Brian Wilson wear? Might he don the Spandex tuxedo he wore at the ESPYs last week?
“He may have to break it out,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “But I don’t know if they’ll let him in wearing that.”
The Giants made their one and only trip to Washington, D.C., in late April-early May, but it came in the middle of a three-city, 10-game excursion with no off days. Since the Giants don’t play the Nationals again this year, the White House visit was set for an off day heading into a three-game series at Philadelphia starting Tuesday.
Many of the players can’t wait.
“Almost as soon as the last out of the World Series was made, the thought crossed my mind, ‘Wow, we get to go to the White House, shake the president’s hand and present him with a jersey,’ ” said outfielder Cody Ross. “It’s been a long time coming, and I think everybody’s excited. It’s the last thing we have to do to finally seal the 2010 season.”
D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss, who grew up a mere two-minute drive from the White House, is nonetheless looking forward to an official visit.
“I went there as a kid, and I went there with some teammates back in 2009,” Burriss said. “But it’s different this time because the president will be there and we get to meet him.”
Bochy said he doesn’t expect any protocol issues with his team, even with Wilson.
“I think it’ll go all right,” he said. “They’re well-behaved. They may not look it, but they are.”