(CNN) - Talk about a little pre-game motivation.
President Barack Obama made a surprise stop Monday at a Little League baseball field in D.C. to greet players before their game.
"Oh my God, it's the President!" one player said, according to pool reports.
Obama was on his way to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event when he stopped by to greet Della Carney, daughter of spokesman Jay Carney, and her teammates.
"Had to bring your dad to the game or he was going to be late," Obama said as he approached the group, according to the report.
The President threw out a pitch and took pictures with the kids.
Obama travels on Thursday to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.