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Chicago Cubs Manager Explains Why He Hasn't Lost Interest In Visiting White House

The Chicago Cubs, 2016’s World Series Team, are visiting the White House for the second time in 5 months, with President Trump hosting a meet-and-greet at the Oval Office. The Cubs previously attended a much-hyped visit to the White House during Barack Obama’s tenure as president. However, as President Trump’s event drew near, some notable Cubs players decided that they didn't want to attend the unofficial visit.

Joe Maddon, the Cubs manager, has been vocal about his support for the event, telling the Washington Post: “I like the United States a lot. I like living here a lot. I like everything that it represents a lot. So when you get a chance, as a citizen, to get to go to the White House, you go.”

However, many Cubs player don’t see it like that, with Mr. Maddon believing that President Trump’s stances on climate change, immigration and healthcare, are dividing the team roughly down the middle.

As the Cubs players clash on political ideology, Mr. Maddon offered his own perspective, saying: "I think sometimes that gets confused. People want to take a stand, not really realizing actually what we have here, which is a lot better than most everyplace else.”

When asked whether he would be saying ‘Yes’ to President Trump’s event, Mr. Maddon informed the Chicago Tribune that: “I think it’s easy to say 'yes' out of respect to the office and the building itself.” Mr. Maddon expanded on this answer at a later date, emphasizing that “To go tomorrow is out of respect for the Ricketts family and to the office and the building itself. And whether you like the person that’s running the country or not, out of respect for the office itself, you go.” The Ricketts family includes Thomas Ricketts, the owner of the Cubs and a prominent supporter of President Trump.

The Cubs are in Washington to square off against the Washington Nationals. Mr. Ricketts talked to the Sun-Times about President Trump’s event, saying: “I think the president just knew that we all were going to be here going to baseball games and thought it would be fun to come up and have an unofficial visit with the team.”

This issue illustrates how sports and politics are becoming more and more entwined, especially after President Trump’s polarizing election. Just recently, Stephen Curry, a star player for the Golden State Warriors, made headlines after telling reporters that he wasn’t interested in attending a White House event if the Golden State Warriors made it to the NBA championships.

Naturally, online commentators are getting involved in the dispute. One commenter on the Independent Journal Review, known as Morte206, saw it as a simple question, writing: “These athletes should go for the simple reason that fame, athletic success and this sort of occasion is fleeting. They can hold their opinion for a lifetime but it is quite likely this visit is a once in a lifetime event. Especially since it appears that the current POTUS and FLOTUS are NOT inclined to wh**e out the official visits and overnighters as if the WH was a B&B as the previous Democratic residents were.”

Source: Independent Journal Review, The Washington Post
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