Royals praised for World Series win, positive impact on community during White House visit

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WASHINGTON -- During their trip to the White House Thursday to celebrate their 2015 World Series victory, the Kansas City Royals were greeted by fans, media and the president. Some made jokes, some took selfies but all celebrated the Royals great accomplishment and positive impact on the Kansas City community.

During his congratulatory speech President Obama made sure to point out that the Royals had eight comeback wins during the 2015 playoffs, which is the most in Major League Baseball history as he spoke about the boys in blue and their road to the World Series, including their ultimate defeat of the New York Mets to become world champions.

As President Obama named the players, coaching staff and others who played a role in the win, the crowd roared.

The crowd then  laughed quite a bit when the president mentioned that despite all the things the team had to focus on during the 2015 season, they were still able to squeeze Fetty Wap references into their news conferences.  At one point he asked White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, who is a Kansas City native, if he does that.

Earnest, though, promptly responded, "No."

The Royals organization was also praised during their trip to the White House for breaking ground on their Urban Youth Academy, which is a place for young people to learn more about the sports industry. From playing baseball, to broadcasting, to managing a team, the program aims at helping kids have a successful future.

"This spring the Royals broke ground on their Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City," President Obama said. "A place for young people to not only steer clear of drugs and gangs but to also learn skills that can lead to a better future."

Besides players, coaches and office staff, Kansas City icons Mayor Sly James and former Royal Frank White were also in attendance. Mike Moustakas' wife, Stephanie, was also there. Lorenzo Cain did not make the trip.

See more of the Royals journey to the White House below: