Well, thank you all, and welcome to the White House. It's a pleasure to have you here, just as it was a pleasure not only to have these gentlemen here but to watch them in the 83d World Series. It isn't true that I was announcing ball games at that time. [Laughter] I considered parachuting here into the Rose Garden for this ceremony, but -- [laughter] -- the Secret Service had a little something to say about it. [Laughter]
today's celebration can be traced back to
come a long way from that 40 and 120 record the amazing Mets posted in 1962, a
record that prompted old Casey to give us another of his celebrated remarks
when he said, ``Can't anybody play this here game?''
Well, not only did the Mets show
It sort of reminds me of a story. Everything does these days. [Laughter] It was about a baseball rookie and his know-it-all manager. He had a lot of problems with him. But a crucial game in the pennant race, tied up in the bottom of the ninth, and this rookie was called on as a pinch hitter. And he went in and won the ball game with a booming home run over the right center field bleachers. As he rounded third and crossed home plate with a big grin on his face and his hand extended, the manager was waiting for him, and the manager ripped into him. He said, ``Your stance was all wrong. Your swing was awkward. You held your arms too high.'' And when he paused for a breath, the kid said, ``Yeah, but how about that distance?'' [Laughter]
what a distance Davey Johnson went. Led by all-stars
Gary Carter -- who incidentally was something of a fine diplomat recently in
all my life I've believed that if you truly have faith, your dream will come
true. And your dream began in spring training and culminated by bringing the
championship to the Big Apple. It took you through 108 regular-season wins and
hard-fought victories in the playoffs. And even after being down to your last
strike three times in game six, you came back to epitomize what that other bard
of baseball Yogi Berra once said, ``The game isn't
over till it's over.'' So, believe me, even this lifelong Cubs fan has to dish
out the praise: You have certainly done yourselves, the city of
So, congratulations, champs, and God bless you all.
Note: The President spoke at in the Rose Garden at the White House.