White Sox fan Obama 'pleased' with Cubs' success

White Sox fan Obama 'pleased' with Cubs' success
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President Obama might be a Chicago White Sox fan, but he’s happy the crosstown rival Cubs are favored to win the World Series. 


“The president is a loyal Chicago White Sox fan,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Wednesday, after the latest issue of Sports Illustrated predicted the Cubs’ victory. “But the president is also a champion of his hometown, and he has been pleased to see the Chicago Cubs play so well this year.”

Earnest added that Obama “is looking forward to tracking their progress in the playoffs.” 

The spokesman couldn’t resist taking a playful jab at the Cubs’s historic futility, noting the team’s on-field success the year has “been a long time coming.” 

The Cubs finished the regular season 103-58, the best record in baseball. The team is favored to break its 108-year title drought, entering the postseason with 12/5 odds to win it all, according to online sports book Bovada. 

Obama is traveling to Chicago on Friday, a trip that coincides with the beginning of the National League Division Series. But Earnest said he is not aware of any plans for Obama to attend playoff games at Wrigley Field.

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