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Watch live as Red Sox are honored at White House

BALTIMORE -- For their first off-day of the regular season today, the Red Sox get to go on a field trip -- one they will long remember, and fans can watch the journey live on at 11:30 a.m. ET as the 2013 World Series champions are honored at the White House.

As a reward for winning last year's Fall Classic, President Barack Obama cordially invited the defending champs for a ceremony to recognize their accomplishment.

"I think any time you have a chance to speak to the Commander in Chief, that's a rare opportunity," said manager John Farrell. "And for all of us that are going tomorrow, to meet him in person, to experience the White House, we know the reason why we're there and it's a fun day, it's a unique day. I think it will be a good experience by all."

Sox righty Jake Peavy has been to the White House before, but never as a World Series champion.

"Tomorrow, we will celebrate what happened," said Peavy. "Pretty neat day when you experience what we're going to experience tomorrow. I look forward to that."

The Red Sox, as they did in conjunction with their White House visits in 2005 and '08, will also pay a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and visit with some of the heroes who served the country.

"Having experienced that back in Spring Training of '08, it's a powerful time that you spend there," said Farrell. "You see the sacrifice that so many have made. You see the work that not only technology, but the human spirit can bring back, it's moving, I'll tell you that, given the hardships and challenges individual soldiers overcome."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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