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|David Ortiz holding the World Series trophy next to President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney (Courtesy of MLB.com)|
The Red Sox finally got congratulated today for winning the World Series. Of course its happening right before the beginning of the next season, but whatever. Tradition is tradition.
A large showing of Sox fans showed up to watch the ceremonies on the South lawn.
Manager Terry Francona, players, coaches and staff were accompanied by principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president/CEO Larry Lucchino and members of the Red Sox’s ownership group and front office.
Everyone had to take a short break from work to be in Washington but it was worth it.
One of the few not to go was Manny. Bush noticed Manny was absent and joked, “Manny Ramirez isn’t here, I guess his grandmother died again.”
Bush had another good joke talking to Dice-K, “I’d like to welcome Dice-K to the White House South Lawn,” Bush said of Daisuke Matsuzaka. “His press corps is bigger than mine.”
Captain Jason Varitek had the honor of presenting President Bush with a Red Sox jersey that read “Bush 07” on the back.
All and all it was a good time to revel in 2007’s World Series success and also a good time to finally bury that prior success and now focus fully on this year.