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The 2009 New York Yankees players, coaches, front office and staff were congratulated by President Obama for their World Series victory last year. Barack made a terrific speech in my opinion, and brought some humor with him as well. He than took the time to shake everyone’s hand who was affiliated with the team. The core four may have done this with previous presidents, but this must have been quite the experience for some of the younger members of the organization. All in all, this was quite an exciting day for Yankees fans. Here is a copy of Obama’s speech transcript, and you can take a look at the video of the speech and photos below.

  U.S. President Barack Obama And New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Hold The Major League Baseball Commissioner's

  U.S. President Barack Obama And New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Hold The Major League Baseball Commissioner's

  U.S. President Barack Obama Is Presented With An Autographed New York Yankees Jersey By Team Manager Joe Girardi

  U.S. President Barack Obama Congratulates New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi

  U.S. President Barack Obama And New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Hold The Major League Baseball Commissioner's

  U.S. President Barack Obama Reacts

  U.S. President Barack Obama (C) Poses

  World Series Champion New York Yankees Players

  World Series Champion New York Yankees Players

  World Series Champion New York Yankees Players

  U.S. President Barack Obama Shakes

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Let’s hope none of the Yankee players drink too much Dr. Pepper (like Forrest Gump did, before meeting John F. Kennedy) prior to meeting President Barack Obama.

The New York Yankees will take a trip to the White House today, as they were invited by President Barack Obama to congratulate and honor the 2009 World Series Champions. He will be welcoming the team through the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The Yankees ball club have met with some of the most recent U.S. presidents, including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, but those trips occurred over a decade ago.

Not only will they be meeting with the President Barack Obama, but they will be making the rounds in the D.C. area:

Prior to President Obama’s reception on Monday afternoon, Yankees players, coaches and executives will take the trophy to Walter Reed Medical Center and the Malone House. Led by managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine and general manager Brian Cashman, the Yankees party will visit with wounded soldiers.

With the official White House visit as the primary event, the Yankees will turn their three-day presence in the vicinity of the capital into a showcase tour of the World Series trophy, highlighted by a Tuesday visit with Supreme Court Justice and Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor.

The trophy tour will continue Tuesday at various Washington, D.C., locations, highlighted by an afternoon audience with Sotomayor.

Prior to the Tuesday game against the Orioles, the Yankees will be joined on the field during batting practice by 20 invited wounded veterans from Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital — which Yankees players will be visiting the next day, the 2009 World Series Trophy in tow.

Some of the Yankees thoughts about Obama and the White House trip:

“I think everyone enjoys trips to the White House, because not everyone has the opportunity to do it,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. “If you have that opportunity, I think it’s something that people remember.”

“It’s a privilege you get whenever you win the World Series,” Pettitte said. “It’s definitely going to be fun, for sure.

“Growing up, seeing the Oval Office, you see the president talking and stuff like that. All of a sudden, you’re standing there. It’s like the first time you go to Fenway [Park] or the first time you go to Wrigley Field — that’s what it kind of was for me.”

“Not too many people get an opportunity to meet the president,” Jeter said. “It’s kind of awkward when they know who you are, you know what I mean? That was probably the weirdest thing.” (more…)

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Do you think you can handle it? I found one error on the quiz, so I will give away his name. Anthony Claggett’s name is spelled wrong (Clagget). I got 39/45 on my first try. There are definitely a lot of tricky ones in there.

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A tribute to the New York Yankees on winning their 27th World Series title. Enjoy the video

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