NEW YORK -- First lady Michelle Obama told Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins right before Game 1 of the World Series that if the Phillies repeat as world champs, this time she will be there at the White House to meet with all of the players' significant others.
"We said some funny things and I was cracking jokes," Rollins told MLB.com after the Phillies' 6-1 victory over the Yankees in Game 1. "I said that when we went to the White House, all the ladies were sad that they didn't get to see her -- only Barack. That's who we wanted to see. They wanted to meet with Michelle. "She said, 'If you win again, I'll be there this time. Bring your wives, girlfriends, fiancees, whoever.'" The Phillies originally planned to visit the White House in mid-April, but it was postponed due to the passing of the team's beloved broadcaster, Harry Kalas. A team spokesperson said Wednesday night that the original plan had been for the players' significant others to travel along with them and spend quality time with Michelle Obama while the president was meeting with the champs. The rescheduled visit was on May 15, and at the ceremony, Rollins, who made campaign telephone calls on behalf of Barack Obama, presented the president with a No. 44 jersey as the 44th man to become the nation's chief executive. Rollins was asked after Game 1 whether Michelle Obama had indicated her husband's interest in either team in this World Series. He is a White Sox fan and had not publicly voiced support for either participant. "No, she didn't say," he said. "But my first question to her was, 'Are you a Sox fan, too?'"
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.