The Cardinals seemed out of the playoffs late in the season when they were trailing Atlanta for the National League wild-card spot by 10 1/2 games Aug. 25, but they won 23 of their last 31 games to get into the post-season.
St. Louis went on to beat Texas in the World Series.
Obama, referring to the Cardinals' march to the playoffs, said, "every once in a while, something happens that we have never seen before -- something unique. And that's why it is my pleasure to stand here with the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball."
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