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First Lady Michelle Obama Teams Up with Major League Baseball

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Written by Tony Clark

First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a picture with Christina McCray of the Boys and Girls Club of America, Jordan Antwon Lewis from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Adam Jones #10 and Nick Markakis #21 before the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards on July 20, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

On behalf of Major League baseball players, I was honored today to stand with the First Lady at Camden Yards as we kicked off a new partnership with the Let’s Move! campaign.

As we gathered with local RBI and Boys & Girls Clubs of America youth, I was struck by the First Lady’s wisdom and courage to confront childhood obesity and her ongoing commitment to making a difference. I’m sure there are other, politically safer, social issues to champion, but this is not a problem that can be solved simply by pretending it does not exist. Nor is this a problem we can afford to ignore.

The Major League Baseball Players Association is excited about the Let’s Move! campaign because it promises to actually do something about a serious problem facing our youth, rather than just talk about it. Today we kicked off a new public service campaign featuring 30 MLB players, one from every Club, that will run in stadiums, online and on media with the Ad Council later in the summer.

Today’s event is just the beginning. Major Leaguers are looking forward to working closely with the First Lady and Let’s Move! to find ways to educate children and their parents about how to exercise, eat right, and make healthy lifestyle choices.

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As a parent, I know first-hand the challenges kids face. I understand the powerful lure of television, computers, cell phones, and video games. But, you can’t get in shape just by moving your thumbs. It’s time for all of us – kids and parents alike – to get unplugged and get off the couch.

The Players Association is committed to the goal of Let’s Move! – to raise a healthier generation of kids. As professional athletes, our members understand not only the importance of health and nutrition but the reality that there is no quick fix. We’re a part of this fight not just today but for as long as it takes to curb childhood obesity. Together, we can achieve a goal we all share – a healthier, fitter and inevitably happier next generation. Let’s get moving.

Tony Clark is the Director of Player Relations, Major League Baseball Players Association

Visit LetsMove.gov to learn more

Remarks by the First Lady at a “Let’s Move!” Baseball Clinic with Major League Baseball at Camden Yards

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President Obama Meets With 2009 World Champion NY Yankees At White House

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President Barack Obama is presented with an autographed New York Yankees jersey by team manager Joe Girardi during a ceremony celebrating the World Series champs in the East Room of the White House April 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. Despite being a Chicago White Sox fan, Obama celebrated the Yankees' victory and pointed to the team's visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as an example of good community service (All photos by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

AP~President Barack Obama celebrated the world champion Yankees on Monday for their heroics and character – and bemoaned that his Chicago White Sox couldn’t match New York’s remarkable record of success.

In a jam-packed ceremony in the East Room that was part pep rally, the president pointed out that the last time the Yankees – winners of 27 titles – were toasted at the White House was 2001.

“It’s been nine years since your last title – which must have felt like eternity for Yankee fans. I think other teams would be just fine with a spell like that. The Cubs, for example,” Obama said, drawing laughs from players, coaches, members of his Cabinet and Congress and other guests. He added that his White Sox have gotten close, including a title in 2005.

The Yankees won the World Series in six games last year, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies. New York Manager Joe Girardi presented Obama with a signed Yankees’ jersey with the No. 27.

The White House visit was the fifth for the Yankees core four – Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada – who have a handful of championship rings. They’ve met three presidents – Bill Clinton in the 1990s, George W. Bush in 2001 and now Obama.

Obama praised the players for their off-field work, from a scholarship that first baseman Mark Teixeira established at his high school with a $75,000 check, to catcher Posada’s work on a support network for families with ailing children to shortstop Jeter’s sportsmanship.

Earlier in the day, members of the team visited war wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which several players described as a sobering experience. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who wore his championship ring, called the servicemembers the “real heroes” and pitcher Andy Pettitte hailed their sacrifice. Pettitte said even a few Boston Red Sox fans among the wounded appreciated the Yankee visit – though they kept their Red Sox caps on.

Obama said underneath the famed pinstripes the players and coaches “share a belief that anybody blessed with first-class talent also has an obligation to be a first-class person.”

Posing with the team, assembled on risers, Obama smiled broadly, then realized the photograph should include the World Series trophy. After Girardi brought it over, a member of the Yankee organization shouted out that it might be the White Sox’s No. 1 fan’s only chance to hold the trophy. The remark drew laughs from the crowd.


Remarks by The President Honoring the 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees

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President Obama Throws Out First Pitch

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President Barack Obama is congratulated by kids on the sidelines at Nationals Stadium moments after he threw out the first pitch before the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals on Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photos by Pool/Getty Images North America)

EUR~It went wide right, but at least President Obama’s ceremonial first pitch to launch the 2010 Major League Baseball season found the glove of Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman without taking a bounce.

Dressed in a red Nationals jacket and khakis, the president stopped to greet wounded veterans before walking out to the mound amid lots of cheers and some audible boos at Nationals Park today.

The left-hander then pulled out a White Sox cap to represent his home team, placed it firmly on his head and wound up for the pitch.

The wild throw was perhaps an over-compensation for the opening toss at last year’s All-Star game in St. Louis, when Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols saved him the embarrassment of a short hop by moving up to scoop the low pitch inches off the ground.

Obama, an avid basketball player who has said baseball does not come naturally to him, prepared for Monday’s opener by throwing practice pitches to aides at the White House.

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