The Chicago Cubs will make a trip to the White House Wednesday, marking the second time since January the 2016 World Series Champions step foot on presidential grounds.
The team had their official championship White House ceremony back in January with President Obama, but this time the trip is less formal. President Trump has a close relationship with the Ricketts family, who own the Cubs and are Republican supporters. Joe Ricketts, older brother to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, donated roughly $15 million to Republican endeavors during the 2016 election.
Some are again raising questions about openness given the White House will be closing this visit off comparatively more so than other championship tours, but again the Cubs already had theirs. The timing is questionable given the Cubs have a game against the Nationals Wednesday night, but Joe Maddon isn’t worried.
“Whatever Mr. Ricketts would like me to do, I’m going to do,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters about the White House visit. “Mr. Ricketts and the Ricketts family have been good to us. So part of that is that. The other part is whenever you have a chance to go to the White House, I think it’s easy to say ‘yes’ out of respect to the office and the building itself.”
According to a Chicago Sun-Times survey 10 players will not be attending this impromptu White House visit.
Interestingly, the recent NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have yet to receive an invite to the White House and the Cubs are already on their second visit.
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