Obama welcomes World Series champion Red Sox - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Obama welcomes World Series champion Red Sox

Posted: Updated:
UNDATED (WHDH) - President Barack Obama welcomed the World Series champion Red Sox to the White House Tuesday, praising their triumph on the field while hailing them as a symbol of their city's "grit and resilience" in the wake of last year's Boston Marathon bombing.

Not all of the ceremonial greeting was quite so serious. David Ortiz, Boston's best-known player, presented the president with a Red Sox jersey emblazoned with "Obama" and the number 44 on the back, then promptly took a cell phone picture of himself and the chief executive. "What an honor, thanks for the #selfie @BarackObama" he quickly tweeted.

And Jonny Gomes, an outfielder, strolled the White House grounds dressed in a sports jacket that looked like an American flag, stars on one half, and stripes on the other.

Standing in front of players and team officials, Obama noted that the Red Sox have won three championships in the past decade, more than any other team.

He said sports sometimes "seems like it's trivial, it's just an entertainment. And then, every once in a while, you're reminded that sports represents something else and it has the power to bring people together like almost nothing else can."

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured nearly a year ago in a bombing at the Boston Marathon. The Red Sox staged a tribute to the victims on the field and had "Boston Strong" symbols sewn into their uniforms. "The point is, Boston and the Red Sox were one," Obama said.

"When they visited bombing victims in the hospital, when they played ball with kids getting cancer treatment, when they started a program to help wounded warriors get treatment at Mass General (Hospital), these guys were saying, `we're all on the same team.' "

Obama, a Chicago White Sox fan, wished Boston good luck this season, then added, "May the best Sox win."
  • SportsMore>>

  • Lester scratched from start, trade a possibility

    Lester scratched from start, trade a possibility

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:19:45 GMT
    Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays, with the possibility that he could be traded before Thursday's trade deadline.[more]
    Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been scratched from Wednesday's start against the Blue Jays, with the possibility that he could be traded before Thursday's trade deadline.[more]
  • Toronto beats Boston 6-1 to sweep Red Sox

    Toronto beats Boston 6-1 to sweep Red Sox

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:44:57 GMT
    Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory.[more]
    Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory.[more]
  • Red Sox trade LHP Doubront to Cubs

    Red Sox trade LHP Doubront to Cubs

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:22:31 GMT
    The Boston Red Sox have traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.[more]
    The Boston Red Sox have traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.