channelnewsasia.com photo: President Obama holds a number 44 Chicago Cubs home jersey (he’s the 44th president) with the Chicago Cubs at the White House honoring the Cubs first World Championship since 1908
By Amaury Pi Gonzalez
The Chicago Cubs, who won their first World Series in 108 years. visited the White House during President Obama’s last week as President of the United States. Theo Epstein, Cubs President of baseball operations offered Obama a pardon (the President is a big fan of the other Chicago club and the White Sox)and being from the south side of Chicago, the President appreciated the pardon in front of the north siders. Obama was presented with a home and road jersey, a No.44 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard a huge “W”flag autographed by the team, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field. Cubs board member Laura Rickets gave the pass to the president.
Seems that baseball and politics are embeded in Cubs world, a couple of weeks ago President-elect Donald Trump named Cubs owner Todd Rickets to his new cabinet as Deputy Secretary of Commerce.
“I’ve made a lot of promises,”Obama said. “Even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we’d see the Cubs win a World Series”. While Theo Espstein said “This was a thrill for all of us”. Present were all the players, including Dexter Fowler who is now a Cardinal and Aroldis Chapman, who is back with the New York Yankees. Mike Rizzo, the popular first baseman of the champs said “I think the best part was the president talking about how sports brings people together” and “No matter what’s going on in this country and the world three or four hours of one game can rally so many people together. That was pretty meaningful”.
From what I have been able to find, it was Calvin Coolidge who invited the Washington Senators to the White House in 1925 after they won the World Series in 1924. Coolidge was the first President to invite a World Series champion to the White House. Yes, when it comes to winning, for the Chicago Cubs is always the first time.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish play by play voice for the Angels, the Spanish play by play voice for the A’s, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com