President Barack Obama said this week that he is rooting for the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series, putting in doubt whether he has ever cared about baseball at all.
Obama has long posed as a Chicago White Sox fan. He popped on a White Sox hat while "throwing" the first pitch at Nationals Park. When he first joined Twitter, he noticeably followed every single Chicago sports team except for the White Sox cross-town rival.
No real sports fan just starts rooting for a hated rival—especially one that shares a city with your team.
I'm a life-long Mets fan, and I root for every team the Yankees play (Go Astros!). My hatred for the Yankees actually intensifies during the playoffs. I have been a closet Angels fan ever since they busted out the rally monkey and knocked the Yankees out in 2002.
It has long been suspected—due to his inability to throw a baseball like a normal person, talk like he knows how the game is played, know the name of the stadium his "favorite" team plays in, or even name a single player that played for that team—that Obama actually hates baseball and has never actually seen a game.
Also possible, of course, is that he simply falls back on sympathizing with the enemy.
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