Florida Gov. Bush to join festivities

Updated: January 22, 2004, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins will visit with President Bush at the White House on Friday, more than three months after winning the franchise's second World Series.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who will be in Washington for a visit with the Department of Agriculture, will join the team in the East Room in a continuation of the President's tradition of welcoming sports champions.

The Marlins' contingent will include owner Jeffrey Loria, president David Samson, general manager Larry Beinfest and manager Jack McKeon along with the all of the players and their families.

First baseman Derrek Lee and catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who are no longer with the team, also will attend.

The Marlins, who beat the New York Yankees in six games in the World Series, will present the President with a personalized No. 1 Marlins jersey.

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