Barack Obama Calls Cardinals, Congratulates Tony La Russa on World Series Title


President Barack Obama is pretty busy, so it took a little longer than usual for the president to send over a congratulatory call to Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa. La Russa and the Cardinals finally received the call on Monday, over a week after defeating the Texas Rangers to win their second championship in five years.

On the call, Obama not only showered praise on the Cardinals' championship, but he also promised the traditional face-to-face meeting at the White House and called Game 6 — when the Cardinals erased multiple deficits to win — one of the best games he's seen in a while, Yahoo! Sports reports. The president also praised La Russa for ending his career after winning the World Series yet again.

The Cardinals and La Russa had to wait nine days for Obama's call, even though La Russa said on KNOX radio that the White House called to confirm his office's number at the start of the World Series.

Last year's championship San Francisco Giants didn't have to wait nearly as long, but the 2009 champions — the New York Yankees — didn't get a call from the first-term president.

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