Obama neglects to follow the Cubs on Twitter. Why?


President Obama has been on Twitter in various ways for years, either through The White House account or from his own “Barack Obama” account. But as of today he The office of the President of the United States actually has its own account, dedicated to the President’s tweets, presumably as a means of giving the White House the ability to post its own stuff irrespective of who’s in office. Fine. Whatever. Social media stuff.

The fun part, though? Obama, from Chicago, followed the White Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. But he neglected to follow the Cubs. Which has sort of made the Cubs sad:

Maybe an oversight. Maybe an intentional slighting of the Cubs because Obama is a White Sox fan and, man, forget you Cubs.

Or maybe Obama is just well-aware that the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs has gone out of his way to make defeating Obama and his agenda a personal crusade. Like, to the point where even the Romney campaign and Republican strategists felt that he was actually harming their cause, yet he did not seem to care. Derangement Syndrome works like that.

Either way, here’s hoping Obama doesn’t give in and continues to not follow the Cubs. Not because I have any problem with the Cubs — they’re a baseball team, not the embodiment of their owner’s dad’s politics — but because everything else in politics is so damn calculated and aimed at mass appeal that it’d be rather refreshing for the President of the United States to stick with his dang rooting interests and not give his rivals, however he defines them, the time of day.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.