Usually, the World Series winning team visits the White House the following summer while playing a road series against either the Nationals or Orioles. The Cubs are doing something different, however: they’re visiting the White House this coming Monday, just before President Obama leaves office.
Back when the Cubs won in early November President Obama, presumably jokingly, asked the Cubs to visit before he left office. He’s a White Sox fan but a Chicago guy and said he was rooting for the Cubs. Despite them being dispersed around the country and the world at their winter homes, vacation spots and hunting cabins, the Cubs have taken him up on the offer.
While this is likely a symbolic high-five to our Chicagoan current president, one wonders how the incoming president feels about it. Especially given that one of the Cubs’ co-owners, Todd Ricketts, is a nominee for deputy commerce secretary for said incoming president.
Gotta say, if I was Trump, I’d be . . . ticked off.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.
Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.