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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trib: Joe Maddon on visit to White House: ‘Easy to say ‘yes’ out of respect to the office’

I was hoping Maddon and his players would show up in their best “Anchorman” attire:

“Whatever Mr. Ricketts would like me to do, I’m going to do. Mr. Ricketts and the Ricketts family have been good to us. So part of that is that. The other part is whenever you have a chance to go to the White House, I think it’s easy to say ‘yes’ out of respect to the office and the building itself.”

But this time, not as many players are expected to attend, due to the scheduled afternoon visit before the Cubs play the Washington Nationals in the evening.

“It’s not a big deal for me to go there because last time they went, they told me it was four hours with standing up and getting tired,” reliever Hector Rondon, who didn’t attend the January visit with President Obama due to travel issues. “I don’t want to go there and get tired. I prefer to stay in my hotel room and be here and prepare for the game and for my teammates.”

Infielder Tommy La Stella said he doesn’t pay attention to politics and would not be attending.

“I’m sure it’s a pretty nice production,” La Stella said. “It’s not as simple as just showing up.”

Some members of the traveling party won’t be as well dressed as their January visit.

“I’ll have my best pair of jeans on and a nice shirt, which I’m really digging on,” Maddon said. “So it’s not nearly as formal as the last one, even though the last one I didn’t wear a shirt and tie, either.”


 

 

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