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Obama Honors San Francisco Giants: 'A Team of Characters with Character'

Pete Souza/The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama honored the San Francisco Giants at the White House Monday for winning their first World Series title in 56 years and for being, as he described, a “team of characters with character.”
The president congratulated the team for their triumph over the Texas Rangers but also for breaking the conventional norms of baseball.
“When Tim [Lincecum] entered the draft five years ago, nine teams passed him over before the Giants picked him up.  Nobody thought somebody that skinny, with that violent a delivery could survive without just flying apart.  But now, with two Cy Youngs under his belt, everybody understands why he’s called ‘The Freak,’” Obama explained.
“And after watching him pitch eight incredible innings -- including a stretch of 11 strikes in a row -- America learned sometimes it’s a good idea to bet on the skinny guy,” the president said, joking about his own slim physique.
“And then there’s the guy with the beard,” Obama said, referencing Brian Wilson, who sported his signature beard and mohawk to the White House Monday. Wilson, who wore a spandex tuxedo to this year’s ESPY Awards, is known for his lavish outfits.
“Michelle was very relieved that the press was going to be talking about what somebody else wears here in the White House so that it’s not just her making a fashion statement,” Obama said.
Among those in attendance was the famous Giant who helped the team win their last championship. Willie Mays was just a 23-year-old outfielder the last time the Giants won the World Series, back when the team was based in New York.
“I want to welcome obviously our very special guest, the ‘Say Hey Kid’ -- Mr. Willie Mays is in the house,” the president said.  “Two years ago, I invited Willie to ride with me on Air Force One on the way to the All-Star Game in St. Louis.  It was an extraordinary trip.  Very rarely when I'm on Air Force One am I the second most important guy on there.  Everybody was just passing me by -- ‘Can I get you something, Mr. Mays?’”
The president, who also commended the team for their work off the field in the community, couldn’t help from plugging his hometown Chicago White Sox.
“Once again I want to congratulate this team and wish them all the best of luck in the rest of the season -- unless the White Sox are in the World Series -- which right now is not a sure thing,” Obama concluded.

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Suspect in Custody in Giants Fan Beating

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the assault of a San Francisco Giants fan following a baseball game in March.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department reportedly took the suspect into custody early Sunday morning. Officials say a group of officers, including members of the SWAT team, converged on a Los Angeles apartment, detaining several occupants. The suspect arrested for the brutal assault on Bryan Stow is said to be a reputed member of a gang from the Hollenbeck neighborhood.

Stow, 42, was beaten by two attackers in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Dodgers stadium on March 31, following a game between the Giants and the Dodgers.

Stow is listed as in critical condition at the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.  

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