San Francisco Giants Pouted About White House Visit


brian wilson president barack obamaYou might not guess it from their jovial get-together with President Obama yesterday, but the 2010 World Series winning San Francisco Giants were -- at least, initially -- all sorts of cranky about going to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Apparently, it was supposed to an "off" day, and they were annoyed that the original meeting had been postponed ... because, oh, drr! The original date was the weekend that Osama bin Laden guy had to be killed, and the President was just a little bit tied up finalizing that operation.

But whatever. Some of the baseball players want their free time (gosh durnit!) and weren't exactly jumping from the rooftops when they heard that they'd have their face-to-face with Barry rescheduled for July 25. In fact, when asked if he was looking forward to meeting Obama, infielder Jeff Keppinger said, "Uh ... well, sure." D'oh!

Visiting Obama yesterday was especially tricky, I guess, because they had to do an overnight flight from San Fran, and today's the start of a three-game National League Championship Series rematch in Philly. So, travel plans were sort of a pain in the butt.

But come on -- it's a tradition for the World Series champs to meet the President, and these ninnies needed to just suck it up!

In the end, it sounds like that's precisely what the whiners did, and they all had a blast anyway. Obama got to comment on how they're a bunch of kooky, colorful "characters with character" -- especially that Brian Wilson with the beard. (OMG, what is with that guy?!) And the Giants got their moment in the sun in our nation's capital. Just the moment when Obama said he fears Wilson's beard must have made the trip well-worth all that hassle, doncha think?

Do you think it was silly for the team to be griping about spending their "off" day meeting the President?

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bills... billsfan1104

Why is it that they have to be all happy to see the president. They get paid to win games, and to travel half way across the country and back again to play three games, has to be exhausting.
Granted, I dont think they should of made their grumblings known, and should of shown a little more respect for the OFFICE of the Presidency. But I would think that if this was the same team bitching about visiting with Bush, you would of written a totaly different blog.


I'm with billsfan. I agree with everything she said. Especially her last sentence because somehow, you would have blamed Bush for something.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Do you like being called in on your day off to do work stuff? That's what this was for them. They're celebrities, Obama's a celebrity. He's just not that impressive to them - they meet "important" people all the time (insert your own definition of important there, frankly, I don't think baseball players are important).

Further, they had to sandwich this in right before a game series. Think what you want about these guys, they are athletes first. That's how they earn their money. Their minds, likely, were on game preparation. I know when I was in HS, before a competition, we all had little rituals that we did. I can imagine that many pro athletes do the same.

Yeah, yeah, it's the President. They sucked it up and went and played nice. Be glad for that.

Gotta agree with you on that beard tho... is that thing REAL??? It looks like it's going to come to life any second and run through the room eating the carpets.

dimnd... dimndgal1

Why do professinal athletes visit the White House?  I mean, great -- they won the sport they're paid to play.  I love baseball and get all sorts of excited when my team wins... but a visit with the President?

I'd rather see random citizens who do big, unexpected things get face time in the Oval Office.  The teacher who inspires his/her students.  The hero who rescues someone in need.  The military wife who runs a household alone for 18 months.  The student who makes a new scientific discovery.

I have nothing against professional athletes, but it feels like the last batch of pros who stopped at 1600 Penn Ave seemed grumpy at having to make the effort to do so.  Why not 'waste' the time of others who would appreciate it

nonmember avatar Cynthia

You should get your facts straight before posting bs like this. Those guys were star-struck and looked forward to this trip for weeks. It's all that was talked about since before the AllStar break. BWilson is from a military family and was especially honored to be there. You know nothing about these guys and what they did or did not say or do. You're in the same league as the FOX "news" team who puts forth sensational crap for ratings. You've lost all credibility.

MrsCh... MrsChurch

I agree with Cynthia.  Get a life Maressa and write something intelligent for a change.

MrsCh... MrsChurch

Oh, and Wilson is the best closer in baseball. THAT'S what is "with" that guy.

nonmember avatar Anon

Not everyone wants to meet Obama. I know I don't. As for their time off, when you think about it, those guys just got taxed. How would you like it if you were ordered to spend your Saturday / sabbath doing community service of some politician's choosing - whether you voted for the guy or not? Obama is president, not King or God. If Americans still learned about relevant history, they'd know that the whole point of the US presidency was to NOT be treated like something above mere humans.


I am not sure where you read it but what what I saw it was a teeny tiny article (well, 1/4 of it) that said a few of them would rather have their day off. I get it.  Not everyone is a fan of Obama (I am) and not everyone see the experience as something important. 

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