The 2013 World Series champion Red Sox will visit the White House to meet President Barack Obama on their first "off-day" of the 2014 regular season, next Tuesday, April 1.
Boston opens its season Monday, March 31 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, which is just 40 miles away from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Obama talked briefly with Red Sox manager John Farrell on the phone (see above video) shortly after Boston won the World Series last October. In the two previous Red Sox World Series wins this century (2004 and 2007), the team met with then-President George W. Bush.
The last Boston team to meet with the President was the Bruins in 2012 after their title win in 2011. The celebration that day was marred by B's goaltender Tim Thomas' absence from the event as Thomas said that the "government has grown out of control" on his Facebook page.
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