"Hi Mr. President. It's been awhile."
Said every Cub making the trip to the White House on Monday.
I tried to find anything about a Chicago Cubs visit to the White House in 1908, but can't.
That's because the first World Series Championship team to visit the White House "is believed to be the 1924 Washington Senators, who visited Calvin Coolidge..."
Had that tradition started earlier, the World Champs would have been greeted by Theodore Roosevelt.
Which is cool and vaguely appropriate because of the Cubs' link to Roosevelt via Ted Lilly, who's great grandfather rode with Mr. Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. (That's my angry post about keeping Terrible Ted on the team 7 years ago.)
But if you were on the 2016 World Champion Cubs, you could still find Roosevelt's portrait and say howdy that way. (Roosevelt was painted by John Singer Sargent! This link is to all the presidential portraits.)
Isn't it nice to be current again?
And it's awesome that the Cubs get to visit President Obama from Chicago, even if he's a White Sox fan.
(Not talking politics here at all, it's just cool.)
For sure some funny jokes ahead with this visit.
The Cubs Convention started last night.
It sold out minutes after tickets went on sale in November.
Originally $108 for a weekend pass, and... LOOK, there's still a couple available on Stub Hub!
I'm not going.
I don't really know how many Cubs Conventions I've been to, but this one would surely be the most insane.
And... imagine the autograph lines.
People started lining up at 4:30 this morning.
It would be a drag to be signing next to Kris Bryant, you know?
1,000 kids in his line, 42 in yours.
From Cubs.com, here's what is happening today:
"Saturday's program continues with fan favorites such as the return of Cubs Jeopardy, which features unique trivia with Cubs alumni. Popular reoccurring Saturday sessions will be back, including Baseball Operations, Cubs Business Operations Update, Joe Maddon & His Coaching Staff, Kids Only Press Conference presented by Advocate Children's Hospital and Ricketts Family. New to Saturday's line-up will be On the Mound presented by Wintrust, All-Star Infield presented by Wintrust and Cubs Legends. The evening will conclude with long-time Convention favorite Cubs Bingo presented by Budweiser and led by Wayne Messmer."
Listening to Tom Ricketts, or Theo and Jed, now as conquering heroes would be cool.
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Have an awesome Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and go Cubs.