Phillies to visit Obama next Tuesday
Rollins looking forward to meeting with president
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have one more event to commemorate their 2008 World Series championship.
They visit President Barack Obama at the White House next Tuesday, when the Phillies have a day off in between games against the Nationals at Nationals Park. The President and First Lady, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife will be in attendance. Players, spouses, the team's traveling party, which includes broadcasters, and Phillies executives will be in attendance.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is looking forward to visit. He campaigned for Obama last fall.
Is Rollins the type of person to be awestruck?
"Generally, no," he said.
What about Obama?
"You're asking me to predict the future," he said.
This isn't Rollins' first trip to the White House. His Babe Ruth League team won its World Series in 1991, when President George H.W. Bush was in office.
"That was cool then," he said. "We were pretty close to him."
Rollins said he isn't sure where meeting Obama will rank compared to the moments after Game 5 of the World Series, the parade down Broad Street and receiving their championship rings Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
"Ask me after it happens," he said.
But it sounds like the Phillies will be relieved to put the pomp and circumstance behind them. They've got baseball to play.
"We kind of walk on egg shells trying to think about how much we can celebrate last year," catcher Chris Coste said before Wednesday's game. "If we were 2-0 right now, there would be a little bit less of that. But at the same time, even if you're 2-0, you've got to think about this year. Last year was such an incredible situation for everybody: fans, players, front office, whoever. There is reason to celebrate, but you don't want to think about it too much while we're 0-2, especially."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.