Just four days before President Barack Obama leaves office, the World Series champion Chicago Cubs are going to pay him a visit — in a break with recent tradition which dictates that the champions’ visit take place during the next season.
NBC Chicago first reported that the Cubs, who broke their 108 year World Series drought by finally breaking through this past November, will visit the outgoing President on Monday — just days before the Inauguration of his successor, Donald Trump.
Obama — a longtime fan of the Cubs’ crosstown rivals, the Chicago White Sox — extended the invite on Twitter immediately after the Cubs secured their dramatic Game 7 victory.
It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That’s change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?
— President Obama (@POTUS) November 3, 2016
In recent years, it has been customary for a World Series champ to wait until at least the following April to make their White House trip, even in the case of an outgoing administration. The 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies didn’t visit the White House until Obama had assumed office in 2009. Likewise, the 2000 World Series champion New York Yankees waited until 2001, when George W. Bush‘s presidency was underway.
But the early White House visit is not without precedent. The Toronto Blue Jays accepted an invitation from George H.W. Bush to visit in late 1992, before being replaced by Bill Clinton.
Still, the early visit means the Cubs will not by feted by Trump. Some athletes in other sports have said they will not attend a White House championship ceremony emceed by Trump. Cleveland Cavaliers players Richard Jefferson and Iman Shumpert have said they will not visit Trump. Their teammate, LeBron James, has been non-committal.
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