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President Obama honors Giants on World Series win

  • President Barack Obama holds an a autographed bat and ball during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 29, 2013, where he honored the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants baseball team. From left are, catcher Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean, and team president and CEO Laurence Baer. The team beat the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series, their second championship since the franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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 being nearly knocked out 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.

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

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