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Cubs to Visit Obama's White House – Not Trump's

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Cubs manager Joe Madden (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 03:53 PM

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs will be making their visit to the White House before President Barack Obama leaves office – breaking the tradition of teams waiting until the next season before meeting the president.

The visit Monday will keep the Cubs from being hosted by incoming President Donald Trump, who is to be inaugurated on the following Friday.

There is no indication the team's motivation was to avoid Trump, though some professional athletes have publicly stated they will not attend such ceremonies after Trump is in office. NBC Chicago did report the Cubs had hoped to visit during the tenure of Obama, who hails from Chicago.

Obama is a noted fan of the Chicago White Sox, but he enthusiastically invited the Cubs to visit him in Washington, D.C., immediately after their historic seventh-game victory in November that handed them their first World Series championship in 108 years.

The Cubs are the second Windy City team to visit Obama at the White House. The NHL's Blackhawks visited three times after Stanley Cup victories.

Though teams typically wait until the following season before visiting the White House, even when that means a new president will have taken office, it is not always the case. Mediaite noted the Toronto Blue Jays visited President George H.W. Bush in 1992 before President Bill Clinton took office.

If any Cubs players or personnel are opposed to meeting with Trump, at least one part of the team is a fan; Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts was nominated in December by Trump to serve as deputy commerce secretary.

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