President Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, saying the team's third title in a decade carried special significance in the wake of the bombing last year in the heart of New England.
“They symbolized the grit and the resilience of one of America's iconic cities during one of its most difficult moments,” Obama said of the Red Sox, alluding to the Boston Marathon bombing last April.
“This was more than just a trophy and a parade,” the president added, surrounded by the now clean-shaven team at the White House.
Obama, an avid White Sox fan, has filled his staff with Red Sox diehards, including press secretary Jay Carney.
Once American's most notorious loser, the Red Sox broke the “curse of the Bambino" in 2004 and have since amassed the most victories in all of Major League Baseball.
Or as the president put it, a Red Sox championship is no longer a “novelty.”
Known for a handful of pranksters, the Red Sox players took their trademark style to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday.
Slugger David Ortiz even made the commander in chief pause to take a "selfie."
“It’s the Big Papi selfie!” Obama declared, holding a customized No. 44 jersey.
But in closing, Obama said the Red Sox title showcased the enduring power of sports.
“Sometimes, sports seems like it’s trivial,” Obama told the Red Sox fans gathered at the White House, adding, “every once in a while you’re reminded that sports represent something else.”