Found January 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Two familiar faces were missing when the St. Louis Cardinals paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday. Former manager Tony La Russa and long-time Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols were not in attendance as President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed the reigning World Series champions. La Russa retired shortly after St. Louis topped the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series. For his part, Pujols signed a $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason. Obama complimented the Cardinals as the "greatest comeback team in the history of baseball." St. Louis was 10 1/2 games back in August, but rallied to win a wild-card berth on the last day of the regular season. "Through skills, guts and I think the team would agree just a little bit of luck - just a touch - this team made the playoffs," Obama said. "And even though they trailed in each of the series that followed, they somehow had the spirit and the determination and the reso...
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