MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Little League World Series champions
skipped one more day of school Thursday to meet the nation's
highest-ranking baseball fan.
President Bush briefly met with the coaches and players from the
Columbus, Ga., team on an air strip at Dobbins Air Reserve Base
before leaving aboard Air Force One.
The team gave the president a pair of baseballs, team caps and
T-shirts signed by the team. On the back of the caps, they wrote
"W" and "First Lady."
The players wore T-shirts with lettering on the front that
bragged: "Columbus, Georgia, 2006 Little League World Series
"This is an ultimate honor for them," coach Randy Morris said.
"Only a select amount of people has the chance to meet the man who
runs this country. For these 12-year-olds to win the championship,
to meet the president, is a dream for them."
Starting pitcher Kyle Carter was taken aback when President Bush
sought him out by asking "Where's the left-hander?"
"He told me, 'You did some really nice pitching,"' Carter