President Obama was happy to have a Chicago team visit the White House one last time during his administration.
But he's not 100-percent changing his baseball loyalties quite yet.
The world's most famous White Sox fan, Obama's made no secret about his love of Chicago's South Side team. But with the World Series champion Cubs on hand Monday at the White House, he had to give his support for his other hometown baseball club.
"Among Sox fans," Obama said as his honoring of the Cubs was wrapping up, "I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan."
It was the line worth remembering, as Chicago baseball unity took another step toward becoming reality.
The Cubs attempted to make the president an honorary Cubs fan, giving him a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field as well as tons of other goodies.
But the most useful gift for the president might be the second jersey he was presented, a Cubs road jersey that simply says "Chicago."
Check out more from the president in the video above.
In this Thanksgiving-themed episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan, and Tony Andracki discuss what they're most thankful for relating to the Cubs (1:00), with responses ranging from the upgrades at Wrigley Field to the hiring of Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon.
Then, in a nod to Black Friday, our panel debates the best deals the Cubs have ever made (7:10), including trades for Sammy Sosa, Ryne Sandberg, Jake Arrieta and more. Plus, Kap tells us how Harry Caray came to be the Cubs announcer after many years with the White Sox (15:00).
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Tuesday night was the deadline to set 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 Draft and the Cubs made a flurry of moves with that in mind.
Earlier in the day the Cubs claimed pitcher Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox. They followed up by trading Jason Vosler to the Padres for right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick.
Wick, who turned 26 less than two weeks ago, got a call-up late in 2018 with the Padres. He made his MLB debut on Aug. 31 and totaled 10 appearances out of the bullpen. He had a 6.48 ERA in 8 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and just one walk. The improved control was a good sign after Wick walked 31 batters in 54 innings between Double-A and Triple-A earlier in the season, but he gave up 13 hits in the majors.
Going the other way, Vosler is a 25-year-old infielder who had been in the Cubs organization since getting drafted in 2014. He worked his way up to Triple-A this past season. Vosler hit .263/.306/.458 for the Iowa Cubs in 63 games.
The Cubs also added left-handed pitcher Justin Steele to the 40-man roster. Steele was a fifth-round pick of the Cubs out of high school in 2014 and came from injury in 2018. He made 11 starts between rookie ball, Single-A and Double-A before recently pitching in the Arizona Fall League.
Clarkin, Steele and Wick join the 40-man roster for the Cubs, which now stands at 39.
In addition to Vosler exiting, the Rangers claimed Jack Reinheimer off waivers from the Cubs. The Cubs had claimed Reinheimer off waivers from the Mets on Nov. 2. Outfielder Johnny Field and left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto, both of which were claimed off waivers since the 2018 season ended, both cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.
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