Whatever internal discussions the top officials in the Cubs’ organization might have had regarding Trump vs. Obama, the team’s White House visit Monday is being embraced by all, chairman Tom Ricketts said Wednesday during manager Joe Maddon’s “Thanksmas” charity dinner event in Chicago.
“Once you get invited, you go. There’s really no other way around it,” said Ricketts, whose family went from Donald Trump opponent and Twitter target a year ago to financial backer of the president-elect’s campaign by year’s end.
“I don’t care where you live or who you vote for or whatever. It’s an honor to just be involved,” Ricketts said. “Who knows what’ll happen in the future. But we’re excited.”
President Obama, a White Sox fan, extended invitations to his other hometown baseball team via Twitter and a phone call to Maddon to visit the White House to celebrate their first championship in 108 years before the president leaves office.
Already gathered in town this weekend for Cubs Convention, the Cubs plan to fly to Washington for the visit Monday, just a few days before Trump’s inauguration.
Given the Rickettses’ ties to Trump, there was some initial doubt whether the Cubs would make the trip before the administration change. Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts has been selected by Trump to be his deputy commerce secretary.
“Once we actually got invited, it was a scheduling thing for a while, so that kind of left it a little up in the air for a few weeks,” said Ricketts, who added he expects all but a few players with…