WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – Monday was supposed to be an off day for the San Francisco Giants, but the World Series champions spent part of their day in Washington, DC with President Barack Obama as he hosted the team at the White House on Monday.

PICTURES: Giants At The White House

The moment in the presidential spotlight continues a long tradition of Major League Baseball champions visiting the White House.

President Obama hailed the Giants as baseball’s “characters with character.”

Obama was joined by a number of California lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein, along with Giants great Willie Mays. Obama noted that Mays was a 23-year-old outfielder when the Giants last won the World Series.

The Giants wanted to visit President Obama in April, but he wasn’t available.

Some of the fans at AT&T Park on Sunday, getting ready to watch the Giants play the Milwaukee Brewers, were unaware that it was President Obama’s turn to ‘fear the Beard.’ Many of them said they’re glad their team is finally getting its White House visit.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“Going to the White House to celebrate their World Series victory?” one man said. “You bet – very exciting.”

A few of the fans have some wardrobe concerns for the team.

“I think it’ll be exciting,” one fan said. “The question is whether they wear flip flops or not.”

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Comments (3)
  1. fedup!!! says:

    What a doof! It’s awesome that the Giants were honored, but come on, shouldn’t Barack be attending to the duties of working out a budget? Oh yeah, he dodged that annoying glitch the other day when he walked out and left the process up to the people who have a better idea of what’s going on. Hey Barack, while your at it why don’t you take in a game of golf; after all you deserve it after all of your accomplishments! Wait, what the hell has he really done?

    1. haha says:

      What and you think the Giants would actually spend more money to make a special detour just to meet Obama? Its not as easy to match these two schedules so that both can meet on their off day.