Brendan Maloy
Thursday July 21st, 2016

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Nine months after clinching the World Series title, the Royals are heading to the White House to celebrate the victory along with President Barack Obama, and to pay a surprise visit to a big fan in the administration.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest calls himself a “lifelong Royals fan” in his Twitter bio and he was clearly very excited to get to work on Thursday as evidenced by his very cool socks.

It turns out his day was even better than expected, as the team decided to crash a press briefing and present him with his own jersey and autographed ball.

The team also spent some time touring the building before meeting with the Commander-in-Chief, who congratulated the team on their comeback filled run to the franchise’s first title in 30 years.

[tweet:https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/756160454632808448]

President Obama also quoted the team’s unofficial postseason mantra “That’s what speed do” which was coined by outfielder Jarrod Dyson when try to explain how the team’s baserunning gave them an edge over opponents.

Earlier in the week Jonny Gomes, who played 12 games for the team and failed to make the postseason roster, joked that the team’s decision not to invite him on its trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave was the “worst news” of his career.

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