President Barack Obama holds up a personalised Chicago Cubs baseball jersey presented to him by the team at the White House.
President Barack Obama holds up a personalised Chicago Cubs baseball jersey presented to him by the team at the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Cubs pay a visit to White House

BASEBALL: US President Barack Obama has welcomed the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs to the White House, four days before handing over the presidency to Donald Trump.

Obama, who has a home in Chicago, is a fan of the city's other team, the White Sox, but became a Cubs fan last year when his team failed to make the playoffs.

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, is a lifelong Cubs fan and greeted players before the ceremony, which Obama joked was her first appearance at about 50 events he had hosted for other sporting teams.

Obama was presented with two No.44 Cubs baseball jerseys - home and away - the number worn by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Obama, the USA's 44th president, referred to Rizzo as "my fellow 44”.

Obama said it would be hard for him to wear the jersey, but told the Cubs: "Do you know that among Sox fans I am the Cubs' No.1 fan?”

The World Series title was the first for the Cubs since 1908. They won it by defeating the Cleveland Indians in seven games.


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