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Monday, July 29, 2013
Obama: Giants making habit of visit

Associated Press

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President Barack Obama holds an autographed bat and ball presented to him by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) during an event in honor of 2012 World Series champions.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the San Francisco Giants are making a "habit" of dropping in at the White House.

Obama welcomed the 2012 World Series champions Monday at a South Lawn ceremony honoring their victory and their community service work. The Giants swept the World Series in October, defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game after nearly being knocked out earlier in the playoffs.

The president says their second title in three seasons was because of stellar pitching, defense and timely hitting. But Obama didn't predict that finish. On the campaign trail last year, he anticipated a World Series between the White Sox and the Washington Nationals.

The crowd of well-wishers included Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.