Jay Carney Celebrates Boston Red Sox World Series Win

National Journal
George E. Condon Jr.
Oct. 31, 2013, 12:10 p.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama’s be­loved White Sox didn’t make it to the World Series this year. But that doesn’t mean there wer­en’t cel­eb­ra­tions at the White House when the Fall Clas­sic con­cluded Wed­nes­day night with the Red Sox win­ning the de­cid­ing Game Six over the St. Louis Car­din­als. Per­haps the biggest fan with the biggest daily spot­light showed his Bo­ston col­ors when Press Sec­ret­ary Jay Car­ney donned a Red Sox cap to be­gin his daily press brief­ing.

“Take my pic­ture,” he hap­pily com­manded. “What a great night!” In case you missed the im­port of the vic­tory, he ad­ded, “What a great team! What a great win! What a lot of fun! What an amaz­ing base­ball play­er Dav­id Ort­iz is!”

Some­what re­luct­antly, he doffed the cap when he moved in­to ser­i­ous ques­tions of health care, for­eign policy and budgets. And, true to the nature of the press corps, he even had to fend off a ques­tion chal­len­ging his loy­alty to the Red Sox since he has pre­vi­ously talked about his love of the ho­met­own Na­tion­als. “I’ve got a Na­tion­al League team and an Amer­ic­an League team,” he ex­plained, not­ing that he grew up loc­ally when there was no team in Wash­ing­ton. He ad­op­ted the Red Sox when his moth­er, broth­er and sis­ter moved to Bo­ston in the mid-80s. “Fell for the Red Sox right as they were break­ing every­body’s heart in Bo­ston in 1986… Was hooked by the pathos of the whole thing.” He par­ried the ques­tion about the Nats, say­ing he would “make that de­cision later” if the Na­tion­als and the Red Sox ever face each oth­er in the World Series.

And what about the pres­id­ent’s White Sox? No de­cision needed on them this year. They fin­ished at 63-99, the third worst re­cord in the Ma­jors, 30 games out of first place in their di­vi­sion and miles be­hind the Red Sox.

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