President Obama Cites 'Even Year Magic' in San Francisco Giants' World Series Success

President Obama honors the San Francisco Giants for third time in five years

ByABC News
June 4, 2015, 4:19 PM

— -- President Obama welcomed the 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants to the White House for the third time in five years after they beat the Kansas City Royals in seven games.

“They’ve got that ‘even year’ magic,” Obama said. “They’ve got that championship experience. I seem to be good luck for them.”

Giants president Larry Baer later joked with the president that he hoped to end the trend of winning the World Series every other year so the team could return before Obama’s presidency is over, and pointed out that California has been a solid base of support for Obama.

At that point, a member of the audience shouted out loud, “Four more years!” drawing laughter in the East Room.

“No,” Obama deadpanned. “Michelle will not allow that. The Constitution’s a problem, too.”

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Obama praised Madison Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of the World Series, whose gutsy performance propelled the Giants to the franchise’s eighth championship.

“Last October, Madison put together a string of performances that I think is pretty hard to believe -- and I’m not talking about his locker room celebrations,” Obama said. “[He is] 25 years old and is already one of the best pitchers in postseason history.”

Afterwards, Bumgarner told reporters that he recognizes how special a privilege it is to have made three trips to the White House to celebrate the championships.

“It feels even more special every time we come,” he said. “This time was more special that the last. It’s surreal to get to be here and to see everything and to be a part of our nation’s capital.”

The team presented the president with a team signed baseball, a No. 44 Giants jersey and a base autographed by the team.

Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Monte Irvin both joined the celebration, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., an ardent fan the Giants.