(NECN: Washington, D.C.) - President Barack Obama hosted the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies at the White House on Friday. "This is a team that never gave up. You weren't supposed to win your decision, you weren't supposed to win postseason series against the Dodger or the Rays -- and ...
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And -- left as he lived in the ballpark preparing to call. Another game for his beloved Phillies and I know a season without the warm comfort of his voice. Is difficult but -- Arsenal this -- -- areas here with us in spirit today. And he is proud of all of you know he waited 28 years to call another. World Series championship run and what an unbelievable. Run it was full of come from behind wins by an underdog team that -- to prove up prognosticators wrong. And so. We share something governor there's nobody thought I was only -- and it was the team to never give up. You weren't supposed to win your division you're supposed to win post season series against the Dodgers of the race. And even -- the stretch between the top in the bottom of the sixth inning and game five took two full days of playing. You came out before the toughest fans and sports to win Philadelphia's first major championship. Since 1983. And so this was truly a victory for both young. Folks but also be young at -- those who waited nearly three decades and a new generation of fans with been waiting their entire lives. It also as I've mentioned two the team back here was not just a victory. For the people of Philadelphia. But for some longtime fans like Joe Biden. And my campaign manager David pull off move. I'm not sure whether cared more about my victory there are the Phillies victory there but it was a close call. As well as folks from the entire Delaware valley. This team made up of guys you don't quit. Cole Hamels unbelievable. Playoff -- and Chase Utley. Throwback who plays hurt plays hard and never complains. Brad Lidge who came to the Philly. Organization looking for a fresh start and who went a perfect 48 for 48 in save opportunities all season long. And wiped away 28 years of near misses and heart -- with that final strikeout. Guys like. Our manager. Charlie Manuel who lost his mother during the playoffs. And I know how tough that is lost my grandmother. In the -- mileage and Charlie admire your perseverance. During those trying times. I know how hard. That must have been on you. Also guys like shame. Victory -- shame we don't get that many baseball players from why. In the majors where wrenching knowing it was a run them who didn't do -- Do is putting up the Hawaiian flag on the carpet a -- Saying -- local board. But that means that there are a lot of folks looking out for you. And then Jimmy Rollins. Who I have to say made some telephone calls on behalf of our campaign. Before the election and couldn't be more grateful. To him for that. You know I remember giving a campaign speech in Chester. Just outside of Philadelphia one week before the last election and it was the day after rain had suspended the series game and it was still right. And I told my staff if they can suspend. The World Series and -- game in the least you can do is find an indoor location for my speech. Knows the coldest I may have ever been your runner up what I mean they're it was cold. But true to form thousands. Philadelphia and showed up to brave the rain. And my speech just like they had shown up to watch. Their beloved Phillies play and so like. This team might try to give them my best. I also know how it felt for the Phillies to get to. This weight off their back because my beloved White Sox. Finally did it three years ago after nearly nine years of waiting. So Cubs fans out -- take art. And everything is possible. I also want to point out the example that each and every one of these guys their wives in the entire organization. Set -- time and efforts off the field chase works on behalf of pediatric hospitals. Brad supports our wounded Warriors. -- helps those suffering -- HIV aids in Africa. Ryan Howard is a national face for the boys and girls clubs. Participates and make a wish foundation and and takes an active role of mentoring inner city students. And on and off and just as the number of African American kids taking a baseball isn't severe decline the impact to general mile models like. -- -- To look up to just can't be measured. You know Jimmy likes to say that nothing comes easy in Philly. That's why I think there's so many Americans. Found themselves rooting for this extraordinary team. As Americans we know little something about being underdogs you know. Something about coming together when times are tough. And like this team we remember a simple truth which is that we rise and fall together and no one individual is bigger than the team so. Phillies congratulations not only for a great season but doing the right way and manager great job. Contract I think we're gonna breakdown podiums or get pictures merit. For the strong president we have all of those important. And I thought the -- team rapid. Movement we're. Guess for the Phillies -- Okay great.