Red Sox to the White House

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Who is the old Asian guy with the long locks of white hair? That guy is my new favorite; he looks like a Mortal Kombat character.
 

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oof cherington did not like that "koji was an afterthought" comment
 

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Tim Thomas is perched on the White House roof ready for his big moment.
 

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The speech has been loaded with gaffes. 
 
"Every guy behind me did their part"
 
Yeah, except for Mujica, Badenhop, Pierzynski, et al 
 
"Xander Bogaerts, who took over at third base"
 
Hey Middlebrooks, how's it feel to get a backhand slam from the President?
 

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It's safe to say our favorite Gang of 25 are better baseball players than wardrobe artists.
 

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canderson said:
It's safe to say our favorite Gang of 25 are better baseball players than wardrobe artists.
 
Carp was surprisingly sharp. 
 

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Taz is not amused by Papi's seflie.
 
Carp looks like a legit Albino.
 

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I don't think you can blame O's speechwriters for not knowing that some of the 2014/non-2013 players were behind him. I was very surprised that they would be included. Some of the other writing was poor, though.
 

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wyatt55 said:
What about guys like Salty?  Was he there? 
 
Players who've switched teams almost never join their previous employers on White House trips. Scheduling issues alone often prevent it, though it also seems to be the uncouth thing to do.
 

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InsideTheParker said:
I don't think you can blame O's speechwriters for not knowing that some of the 2014/non-2013 players were behind him. I was very surprised that they would be included. Some of the other writing was poor, though.
 
Considering Obama acknowledged about half of his staff are Red Sox fans, including his press secretary and photographer, I think we can absolutely blame his speechwriters. This isn't a 2013-14 Red Sox thing, it's an "every team that's ever been honored at the White House" thing. Players ALWAYS change teams. Members who helped win the title don't join their former teams. Players who had nothing to do with it -- including Mujica, who actually LOST in the same World Series -- are included.
 
In the end it's a minor gaffe, but it's a gaffe nonetheless.
 

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mabrowndog said:
The speech has been loaded with gaffes. 
 
"Every guy behind me did their part"
 
Yeah, except for Mujica, Badenhop, Pierzynski, et al 
 
"Xander Bogaerts, who took over at third base"
 
Hey Middlebrooks, how's it feel to get a backhand slam from the President?
Menino must have written it.
 

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mabrowndog said:
 
Considering Obama acknowledged about half of his staff are Red Sox fans, including his press secretary and photographer, I think we can absolutely blame his speechwriters. This isn't a 2013-14 Red Sox thing, it's an "every team that's ever been honored at the White House" thing. Players ALWAYS change teams. Members who helped win the title don't join their former teams. Players who had nothing to do with it -- including Mujica, who actually LOST in the same World Series -- are included.
 
In the end it's a minor gaffe, but it's a gaffe nonetheless.
OK, you've taught me something I didn't know, about teams always  bringing the new guys to the White House. That still seems odd to me, though.
 

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NESN has the whole ceremony up on YouTube. It looks like they uploaded two hours worth of NESN stuff from the production truck, including commercials, infomercials, and Sports Today. So jump to around the 1:19:00 mark.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoSCx1JHBNo
 

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InsideTheParker said:
OK, you've taught me something I didn't know, about teams always  bringing the new guys to the White House. That still seems odd to me, though.
 
Oh, it's definitely odd, but from the team's perspective it's potentially divisive to leave these guys out. Including them on the trip can build respect, camaraderie, and a "This can be yours." eureka moment of wisdom.
 

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wyatt55 said:
 
"Look out Marshall Lucky!  It's "High Prices"!"
 
A Used Cars reference. Wow. Just a hat tip, even though it's way off topic.
 
Papi should lift Obama over his shoulder a la Koji. And then tell him he won't put him down until Obama promises to put him on money.
 

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POTUS and White House photographer Pete Souza (a New Bedford native) leave the ceremony.
 
 

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Obama has to bend his knees and stoop over to shake Pedey's hand, like he's greeting a small child.
 
 

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Farrell and owners presented Obama with a blazer like Gomes'.
 

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Farrell: "I don't know that he's necessarily going to wear that jacket."
 
 
 

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InsideTheParker said:
He has to be in Miami to kill another rally in today's game.
Nice!
 
Right-o.  Should've seen if they were off today first.  Thanks ITP and Dog.
 
The Drew thing would be awkward as well I suppose. 
 

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With all the crap Menino's been going through of late, it's great that he was able to be there.
 
 

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Agreed, Marc...that's a very nice sight.
 
LOVE that selfie!!
 

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mabrowndog said:
The speech has been loaded with gaffes. 
 
"Every guy behind me did their part"
 
Yeah, except for Mujica, Badenhop, Pierzynski, et al 
 
"Xander Bogaerts, who took over at third base"
 
Hey Middlebrooks, how's it feel to get a backhand slam from the President?
I agree with most of the gaffes but with regards to X I thought he was referring to the World Series last year.