At The White House: 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals

The Greatest Comeback Team In History of MLB?

The President and First Lady (on her 48th birthday) hosted the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals at the White House today.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle receive their official World Series jerseys and baseball bats.

"Last August, with just 31 games to play in the regular season, the Cardinals were 10 and a half games out of the playoff race", said the president. "At one point, they had a less than 4 percent mathematical chance of making the playoffs. In Las Vegas, they were 500-to-1 longshots to win the World Series. And when Chris Carpenter pulled the team together for a meeting, his message was simple: Let’s not embarrass ourselves. (Laughter.) But through skills and guts, and I think the team would agree just a little bit of luck -- just a touch -- this team made the playoffs. And even though they trailed in each of the series that followed, they somehow had the spirit and the determination and the resolve to survive."

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The Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series.