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Kris Bryant gets shout-out from Obama during Cubs’ White House visit

In less than seven years, Las Vegas native Kris Bryant made his way from the baseball fields at Bonanza High School to the White House, where – on Monday – President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

The president gave the Cubs third baseman special recognition.

“You go from Rookie of the Year to being the MVP, you win the World Series, and then like me, he marries up, and comes to the White House, and he did all this just in 10 days,” Obama said.

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On Jan. 7, Bryant “put a ring on it,” marrying longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp in Las Vegas, a little more than two months after he won his own World Series ring on Nov. 2 in Cleveland, topping the Indians in a thrilling seven-game series. It was the Cubs’ first World Series title since 1908.

“At 12:47 a.m. Eastern time, Bryant looks like he's going to slip, everybody’s getting a little stressed, tosses a grounder to (first baseman Anthony) Rizzo,” said Obama. “Rizzo gets the ball, slips it in his back pocket, which shows excellent situational awareness.”

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As a White Sox fan surrounded by Cubbies, the president displayed excellent situational awareness as well.

“Do know that among Sox fans, I am the Cubs No. 1 fan,” Obama said.

For his efforts, the Cubs granted him a pardon and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field.

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