Obama staying true to his White Sox
First Fan not picking another team as favorite for Series
CHICAGO -- Members of the White Sox organization, from the front office to the last player on the active roster, aren't the only ones backing the team's remote hope at reaching the postseason.
Apparently, they still have support coming from the White House.
During NBC's Meet the Press program on Sunday, host David Gregory closed the interview session with President Barack Obama by throwing out the following baseball inquiry.
"Before I let you go, Mr. President, you were brazen this summer at the All-Star Game, wearing your Chicago White Sox jacket out there to throw out the first pitch," Gregory said. "Hate to break it to you, but doesn't look so good for your White Sox here. So I want to know who is your pick to win the World Series?"
"You know, I am, I think mathematically, the White Sox can still get in the playoffs," President Obama responded.
"They can, mathematically," Gregory said. "You're an optimist."
"So, until they are eliminated, I will make no predictions," said a smiling Obama.
"Oh, come on," Gregory said.
President Obama went on to talk about how the Cardinals have been coming on strong and how "[Albert] Pujols is unbelievable."
"But this is tough to say. The Yankees are also doing pretty well," said President Obama with a laugh. "And a shout out to Derek Jeter for breaking Lou Gehrig's record [for hits with the Yankees]. He's a classic."
When told Monday of President Obama's support, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen credited the country's leader for standing strong behind his team.
"That's a real fan. He's not the one who's been writing me for the last two months," said Guillen with a laugh. "He doesn't jump in and out. When we're eliminated, I will pick my own guy in the World Series.
"In the meanwhile, hope is there. We have to put all the cards in the deck in the next week and a half, because the people are here -- the ones we have to beat. We will see what happens. We play Minnesota and Detroit nine out of 12 [games]. We'll just put all the best cards [out], and hopefully, when you deal, just deal the right ones.
"I don't want to go to Detroit [for the final regular-season series] just because," Guillen said. "I want to go to Detroit to play for something. That's my goal, and hopefully that happens."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.