Yankees White House-bound to celebrate
President Obama extends invitation to World Series champs
The Yankees' road-trip itinerary now contains one additional stop, and it cannot be found on any pocket schedule -- the White House.
President Barack Obama is inviting the team through the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next Monday to congratulate them on their 2009 World Series victory.
The date is a scheduled off-day before the Yankees visit the Orioles in Baltimore, coming off their six-game West Coast set to play the Athletics and Angels.
The Yankees defeated the Phillies in a six-game Fall Classic that ended Nov. 4, securing their 27th World Series championship and the franchise's first title since 2000.
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.Prior to the President Obama 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. The trophy tour will continue Tuesday at various Washington, D.C., locations, highlighted by an afternoon audience with Sotomayor. Just four Yankees -- Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera -- remain from the championship club that was welcomed to the White House by then-President George W. Bush in 2001 to acknowledge the five-game Subway Series victory over the Mets.
But several of the Bombers have exchanged pleasantries with President Obama, who made an appearance at last year's All-Star Game in St. Louis.
Obama greeted Jeter, Rivera and Mark Teixeira in the clubhouse before the contest, later referring to Jeter in one interview as "a classic."
"It was probably the thing I'll take most out of this All-Star Game," Jeter said then. "He just said that he was a fan. That's kind of hard to believe when you think about presidents, but that's pretty nice to hear."
"He was quite interesting," Rivera said. "He was wonderful. He knew about the cutter, which was great. He said, 'Keep throwing that cutter.' Outstanding. I always wanted to meet him and thank God I had the chance."
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson has met Obama on two previous occasions. He also visited the White House in early February, pledging his support for First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity.
Last April 7, a contingent of 22 Yankees players, coaches and members of the support staff took advantage of the White House's proximity to Baltimore, receiving a 90-minute guided tour through the West Wing, Rose Garden and Oval Office, though Obama was overseas in Iraq at the time.
"They were so nice to us in there," Joba Chamberlain said then. "It's hard to put into words. It's a museum, it's a place of business and it's a residence. It's amazing that the one place can do that much stuff."
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 still in tow.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.