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Champion Cards visit White Sox fan in chief

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - Need a little afternoon break?

We suggest a 2 p.m. visit to cardinals.com or MLB.com to watch live online coverage of our favorite Boys of Summer -- Freese, Berk, Carp -- meeting President Barack Obama at the White House.

The team visit to meet the president is a longstanding tradition for World Series champs -- and could be just the ticket today for St. Louisans still in sleepwalking mode after those early a.m. weather theatrics that hammered the region. Nothing can get the adrenaline flowing faster for Redbird fans than talk of last fall's Wild Card race.

Of course, this might have been just a little sweeter for Cards fans if Chicagoan Obama rooted for the Cubs instead of the White Sox.

And, in case you're wondering, retired manager Tony La Russa will not make the trip, according to the team, and neither will the Man-Who-Used-To-Be-No. 5 for the Cardinals.

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.