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Ben and Julianna Zobrist enjoyed Cubs’ visit to the White House

President Barack Obama received a jersey as he welcomes the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday.
President Barack Obama received a jersey as he welcomes the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday. Tribune News Services

Ben Zobrist was a key member of the 2015 World Series champion Royals, but he didn’t get to visit the White House with the team last July.

Zobrist signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent after the 2015 season, and won another World Series last fall. The Cubs made their visit to President Obama on Monday, and Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, seemed to have a good time at the White House.

The couple shared photos on social media of the visit:

 

An unforgettable day at the White House.

A photo posted by Julianna Zobrist (@juliannazobrist) on

 

Very Presidential conversations in the Red Room. #fromtheWStotheWH

A photo posted by Julianna Zobrist (@juliannazobrist) on

During Obama’s remarks about the Cubs, he made mention of both Zobrists.

This is from a transcript of the president’s message:

And then you got Ben Zobrist, who didn’t get to come to the White House last year after winning it all with the Royals, but then hits .357 in the World Series, go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning of Game 7, World Series MVP. I think he’s earned his way here. And is apparently a good guy, because I asked his wife — she was in line before he was — and I said, has he gotten a big head since he got the whole MVP thing? “No, he’s so sweet, he’s so humble.” You owe her dinner tonight.

As you can see from Julianna’s post, that got a laugh:

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