(WASHINGTON) -- On his way to a fundraiser Monday evening, President Obama made a surprise stop at a D.C. Little League game to chat with the players and drop off one girl’s dad in time for the first pitch. “Oh my God, it’s the president!” a young player shouted as Obama strutted onto the field at Friendship Park Recreation Center, according to the traveling press pool.
One of the players on the team just so happens to be Della Carney, the daughter of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “Had to bring your dad to the game or he was going to be late,” the president reportedly explained, as he approached the team.
Della, one of just a few girls on the team, is the pitcher. According to the pool, Carney’s wife, ABC’s Claire Shipman, and son Hugo were also in attendance and seemed just as surprised to see the president there.
Obama doled out high fives and took pictures with the players, making the rounds to do the same with the opposing team. He also signed a few balls.
Before leaving, the president grabbed a ball and lobbed it to home plate where 10-year-old Danny Ringel, who plays for the Tigers, caught the ball. “You saved me from grounding,” the president reportedly said as Danny scooped up the ball.
The president’s impromptu stop on his way to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event comes just before a planned visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday.
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