Dodgers: Enjoy the best of Los Angeles’ White House visit
By Adam Weinrib
Your Los Angeles Dodgers are very much still the 2020 World Series champions, a title made even more official on Friday when they took time from their road trip in Washington, DC to stop by the White House unannounced.
Just kidding, President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris seemed pretty aware of their arrival. They were quite prepared for a celebration.
A video of Cody Bellinger posted up in front of the majestic building signaled the beginning of the Dodgers’ party on Friday, but don’t worry.
It swiftly became obvious the team was not going to take themselves too seriously.
Of course, they had to briefly brush themselves off for a formal ceremony in front of that classic title-winning gold curtain, where President Biden took to the mic first to declare the Dodgers were very much back.
Fittingly, he then handed the ball off to Clayton Kershaw.
President Biden welcomed the Dodgers to the White House — and Joe Kelly took full advantage.
The Dodgers are back. America is back. Happy damned Fourth of July, folks.
Of course … we didn’t want to just see the formal Dodgers looking prim in their suits and ties. We wanted to see this full-of-personality team having a great time at the celebration they’d rightly earned.
Enter Joe Kelly.
The eccentric reliever delivered, wearing the mariachi jacket we watched him trade for in the outfield the other day in the White House’s hallowed halls.
Truly, it’s no problem.
Every team needs at least one Joe Kelly, and we’re glad he was encouraged to be himself around the sitting President of the United States — though, of course, he didn’t rock the getup while President Biden and VP Harris were receiving their Dodgers jerseys.
Maybe the team should’ve given them matching mariachi outfits? Just thinking out loud. Probably don’t listen to us.
Arguably the best moment for Dodgers fans, though, was the president’s proclamation midway through his speech about when he anticipates greeting this team again.
Among the best records in baseball after a slow start? Hard-charging behind the San Francisco Giants? Yeah, we just might be doing this again. Certainly possible. Only the beginning.