Red Sox honored by President Bush at White House
(NECN: Washington D.C.) - The Boston Red Sox are being honored at the White House by President Bush. The team is celebrating their 2007 World Series Championship with the President, for whom they made up a special Red Sox jersey with the name "Bush" and the number "07" on the back. The players will ...
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-- 2007 World Series champions the Boston Red Sox. You -- then we'll have them. -- It. Ladies and gentlemen the president and vice president of the United States. Welcome thanks for comment please be seated. So. Tim Wakefield battery mate is Doug Mirabelli. Mine is the vice president. We're glad -- here. The mighty Red Sox Nation historic. And my honor to welcome the owners of the Red Sox principal owner John Henry. Problem -- chairman. Long time buddy Larry -- Thank you -- coming congratulations. Replace Jeff appreciate the other owners who -- well I'm proud to be here with Terry Francona. The captain of the mighty Red Sox Jason Varitek. MVP of the World Series Mike Lowell. They're mentioned because trying to -- against them. We appreciate very much members of the administration carrier don't linger. Welcomed members in the United States congress Massachusetts and Connecticut and probably Rhode Island and yeah. Africa. Real proud for the Red Sox. Baseball club players. The players' families. Of those associated with just unbelievably successful franchise you know you've. Red Sox nation's extends beyond the South -- extends beyond New England it usually goes to the Caribbean in the Far East. So we welcome. Japan's Daisuke here to the South -- His press -- is bigger than mine. You would both have trouble answering questions in English. 2007 was an -- unforgettable season. Fast start. Hung on in the end. Swept Angels. Little trouble with the Indians. We battled back from. But a lot of folks are saying sure defeat. He took on Colorado swept them. Like you're 80 in the World Series. And I appreciate the fact that. As I mentioned my goal but on outstanding performance but it was a team effort that brought the Red Sox here. I love the fact that you got some of that. Game's biggest stars I mean big poppy lights up to screen -- brings a great person how. Started running -- Manny Ramirez isn't here right. I guess his grandmother again. They'll rent -- had been made. But I do want according. He said. When you don't feel good and he still gets hits that's when you know you're a bad man. I don't know what that means. But a bad man means good hitter. -- really bad man but because he was clutch in the World Series. -- playoffs. As was my fellow Texan Josh Beckett. -- -- -- -- -- that this spring Texas. ER. It a big game pitcher. He struck out. Not strikeouts a game in playoffs. I appreciate the very much that the works hard and throws hard. And is a proven winner. I guess he took some lessons from Curt Schilling in the great big time pitchers. Can't win a World Series that a good bullpen. I gotta make mention. Of the guy -- from home my hometown. Midland Texas that we Mike Timlin Mike good to see again. Did not about those glasses in Midland Texas. And about that Jonathan Papelbon. Got pitches almost as well as he dances. And I appreciate. The dress code and thanks to -- -- and. Good job of congratulations. I'm I would wanna congratulate ownership in the front office. This is a club that. Was wise enough to maintain it core players. That knew how to win. -- -- her belly Ortiz for marriage killing Youkilis timlin Wakefield all members of the 2004 championship team. And they provided the ridiculous. Bring some new players and some young players along I -- -- Dustin Pedroia. The American League rookie of the year we'll tell you it makes my big difference. Makes a big difference big hang out with people who know how to win. And so the ownership gets a lot of credit. On the front office gets credit and so does that really fine manager in Terry Francona. Lot -- I had the honor of -- I'm Michael in. And then. Mrs. Francona and Terry. For dinner earlier this month earlier this year and when I was impressed about. Was the values that this guy. And the fact that he honors his family is the first and foremost thing his life. And I think ownership made a big deal he signed him to a new contract. Appreciate the fact that team is. Overcome adversity. All of America where the Red Sox fan or not was. A move about it Jon Lester story. Jon -- decisive victory. Over cancer. And in -- World Series. And it was an inspiration to a lot of folks. We're looking at. Look at it just good man to determine whether they themselves could overcome adversity so John I wanna thank you congratulate. You know there's not but these good folks are headed to Walter Reed after this era celebration. He champs have got a chance to bring some joy and somebody's heart I want to thank you for. Really honoring the true heroes of United States of America and those who were those are those who wear the uniform of our country. Really thankful you're -- appreciate the work of the Red Sox foundation. And Jimmy Fund. Long lasting charities that this club is committed to to help improve people's lives you can be a champion on the field. And you can be a champion off the field. And a lot of these players are champions of the field and thank you for your commitment. -- thank you for your dedication to a great sport. I congratulate and thank your families for hanging in with you is long 106 to two game season I wish you all the best. In the upcoming year as my great honor to welcome you back to the White House. As the world. Series champs.