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Sox to visit White House today

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  February 27, 2008 08:33 AM

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Members of last year’s Red Sox team will fly to Washington, D.C., today to meet with President George W. Bush at the White House, an honor that comes with winning the 2007 World Series.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona and players, coaches, and field staff from last year’s team will fly from Fort Myers, Fla., to D.C. following this morning’s workout and are expected to meet with President Bush at approximately 3:05 p.m. Executives John W. Henry, Tom Werner, Larry Lucchino, and members of the Red Sox ownership group and front office will also attend the White House ceremony. Any Sox player who appeared in a game last season is invited to go, according to team publicist John Blake. It remains to be seen if they all will go.

This will be the team’s second trip to the White House in four years. Click here to check out photos from their visit in early 2005. We'll post photos after their visit today as well.

As they did after winning the Series in 2004, the Sox also plan to visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded veterans.

"You're looking at kids who have lost limbs," Francona said, recalling the previous visit. "It was humbling. It was an honor to be there. I didn't hear one [player] say, 'Hey, let's [leave].' Everybody wanted to stay and talk. I've heard a lot of the veteran guys telling the younger guys, 'Hey, this is what you'll remember about this trip.' "

The Red Sox will return to Fort Myers this evening. You can watch the White House proceedings on NECN.

Information from the Globe’s Gordon Edes was used in this report.

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