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Posted on 06/26/2012 6:57:44 PM PDT by Libloather
White Sox tweet support for Obama after Boston boos
By Justin Sink - 06/26/12 03:19 PM ET
President Barack Obama may have earned some friendly jeers when he thanked Boston Red Sox fans for shipping their World Champion third baseman to his hometown Chicago White Sox, but his team apparently has his back.
The White Sox published a tweet from their official Twitter account Tuesday signaling they were on the same page with the president.
We agree with you @BarackObama. We thank @RedSox for Youkilis too.
Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 26, 2012
Kevin Youkilis, a popular player on Boston's World Series winning teams, was traded to Chicago in a deal for relief pitcher Zach Stewart and utility fielder Brent Lillibridge on Sunday.
Boston, I just want to say thank you for Youkilis," Obama told a Boston-area fundraiser Monday night.
"Im just saying. Hes going to have to change the color of his 'sox,' " the president continued, as the audience laughed and jeered. "I didnt think Id get any boos out of here, but I guess I shouldnt have brought up baseball. I understand. My mistake. You've got to know your crowd."
A member of the audience then called out, "We still love you," drawing more laughter and applause from the assembled crowd.
But the Romney campaign, sensing a potential gaffe, shot out an email to reporters mocking the president. "Last night in Boston, President Obama went to the heart of Red Sox nation and committed an error by taunting fans over the Kevin Youkilis trade to the Chicago White Sox," said spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "The Red Sox have suffered many setbacks over the years the Babe Ruth trade, the ball through Buckners legs, the Bucky Dent home run. Maybe the President should have congratulated the team for winning the World Series in 2004 and 2007. Instead, he chose to mock them for trading away one of its favorite players at a time when the team is struggling."
Earlier Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the president's ribbing of Boston fans.
Let's be clear: POTUS, a proud ChiSox fan, thanked Boston crowd for Youk. Some booed. Others, like me, cried "Yoooouk!" in sad memoriam.
Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) June 26, 2012
This is what I hate about pro sports. Ever neat thing gets beaten to death. 25 years ago some player had a name with the ooo sound in it and fans realized that chanting is name sounded like booing but they were really cheering him. Neat irony.
Repeat this A MILLION TIMES and now it’s just weary cliche.
of course they’re gonna tweet for the alleged homeboy.
How better to smooth things over with Red Sox fans than to remind them of the Babe Ruth trade, and Buckner's error in the '86 series. /s
I am a huge W Sox fan. I like Youk, but HATED to give up Lillibridge for him.