Softball team beaming after chance encounter with President Obama

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- How's this for becoming overnight celebrities? That girls softball team that met President Obama in a local restaurant has been getting the royal treatment around town.

It has been quite a visit to Kansas City for the Glenview Titans softball team. They're the squad of 16 and 17-year-old girls visiting the metro to play in a big softball tournament in Independence.

The Titans reached a certain level of random fame by posing for photos at Arthur Bryant's restaurant with the president on Tuesday. Then, when the Kansas City Royals baseball club heard about the girls from the Chicago area, the club opened its doors.

The Illinois-based Titans play tournaments all summer long, and they're accustomed to smaller sandlots.

But when they visited Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, a club representative opened the gates and allowed the Titans to hold a makeshift practice on the stadium grass.

"We didn't think meeting the president would have all of these cool things to follow," Titans Right Fielder Maddie Yoo said.

The Titans were at the tables when the doors flew open at Bryant's and the leader of the free world showed up to eat.

"It was unreal," Titans center fielder Alyssa Pegoraro said. "You don't really think the president is going to be here eating ribs and fries with you."

"A few of us snapped selfies with him," Titans First Base Lisa Geiben said. "Some of us used Facebook and Snapchat, and posted it on social media, so we had fun with that."

Jerry Stavins is the Titans head coach. He knows the chance meeting with the president is something these teenagers won't forget.

"Just being there with them to experience it with them, you'll never forget it the rest of your days," Stavins said.

So, which was cooler for these teenagers -- practice at 'the K' or meeting the president? It might surprise you to learn the majority of the girls I spoke with choose the Commander in Chief.

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