Joe Maddon and a few members of the Cubs visited Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Wednesday — an informal gathering arranged by the Ricketts family, who are big-time Republican donors. The team took plenty of heat on social media on Tuesday when it was announced, which is perhaps why they announced it only one day in advance.
But outfielder Albert Almora Jr. is now being hailed a hero by those same detractors after this photo appeared. Almora is denying that his intention was to flip of the President, but come on. If you’re going to wear a Sears shirt and bluejeans to the Oval Office, you might as well go all the way and throw the bird at the guy with the 36 percent approval rating.
It happens in high school yearbook photos hundreds of times every June. He just got a chance to do it in the White House.
If Almora is slyly flipping Trump off in this picture he just replaced Andre Dawson as my favorite Cub of all time. https://t.co/pYuuyfXivW
— Drew (@MFDrew) June 28, 2017
Almora on finger flap: "I had 2 fingers out. I'd never do that to the president of the United States." pic.twitter.com/fhtFSF27QX
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) June 28, 2017
There doesn’t seem to be any fingers extended here. But that face he’s making …
Albert Almora's face aptly conveys my feelings on this. pic.twitter.com/o5Rabxm5tY
— Joe Reed (@TheRealJoeReed) June 28, 2017
Meanwhile, Carl Edwards, Jr. made the trip with the team to Washington D.C., but opted not to go to the White House to meet Trump. The stated reason? He wanted to visit “the dinosaur museums.”