Yesterday the Cubs visited the White House as a final celebration of their World Series Championship. President Obama, a White Sox fan, welcomed them as the last team he would be greeting as his presidency comes to an end. During the visit there were a couple of things that got my attention.
Theo Epstein looked slightly uncomfortable. This is a guy who commands the room every time he graces it with his presence. He’s consistently the smartest guy in most settings, so he beams with confidence at all times. Meeting the President will humble you. You could tell that Theo was uncomfortable because he was out of his commanding element, which probably doesn’t happen often.
Every player pretty much looked like they were in church. They simply didn’t know how to stand or even when to laugh. I guarantee none of them heard President Obama’s jokes, they were just waiting for the crowd to laugh and then took that cue to giggle themselves. Some of them were smiling awkwardly, others were completely stone-faced. They collectively became Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights.
Joe Maddon didn’t wear a tie. Come on, Joe. I know your whole shtick is being the cool hippie uncle of baseball but throw on a goddamn tie. We get it, you smoke weed and have thoughts that are “out there”. Like keeping your closer on the mound when you’re down by six runs. Sorry, I forgot you think you’re immune to criticism.
Just realized POTUS has the greatest jersey collection of all time. He’s hosted over 50 championship-winning teams at the White House and each one has presented them with his own personalized jersey. Needless to say, President Obama is going to have the sickest mancave of all time when he gets to chill out in retirement.