Obama honors World Series champion Royals

Obama honors World Series champion Royals
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President Obama on Thursday honored the World Series champion Kansas City Royals at the White House. 
 
The president is a fan of the Chicago White Sox — the Royals’ division rival — but he had no problem heaping praise on the Royals, who pulled off a record eight comeback victories in last season’s playoffs to claim their first title in 30 years.
 
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He called the Royals “one of the grittiest, complete teams we have seen in a long time.”
 
Obama said Kansas City's dangerous combination of contact hitting and aggressive base-running is exciting to watch. He quoted outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who famously said last season, “that’s what speed do.”
 
“That was a good quote,” Obama said. 
 
He said the team’s playful style has attracted a dedicated following, noting that Kansas City fans voted nearly the entire team’s starting lineup into last season’s All-Star Game. 
 
"As a Chicago guy, I appreciate that," Obama joked. "Vote early, vote often."
 
That passion was on display in the East Room when fans broke into a “Let’s Go Royals” chant before the event. 
 
The president razzed his top spokesman, Josh Earnest, an avid Royals fan who was seated in the second row. 
 
“If you asked Josh to choose the best day of his life, I’m pretty sure he would say his wedding day and the birth of his son,” he joked. “But this is close. This is really close.”
 
Earlier in the day, the Royals' manager and two All-Star players brought a smile to Earnest's face when they dropped by his daily press briefing to present him with gifts.