Cubs invited to White House, SNL

Cubs invited to White House, SNL

CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama applauded the Cubs' first World Series championship since 1908 by inviting manager Joe Maddon and the team to the White House, while a handful of players will test their comedic chops in a guest appearance on "Saturday Night Live."

Obama tweeted after the Cubs captured the Series by beating the Indians in Game 7.

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The Cubs will have to hurry. Obama's term ends on Jan. 20. The Cubs celebrated the championship with their fans on Friday at Hutchinson Field, the same location in Grant Park where Obama accepted the presidency eight years ago to the day, Nov. 4, 2008.

Obama also called Maddon to officially extend the invitation to the White House. The president has welcomed the Blackhawks to the White House three times after their NHL championships in 2010, '13 and '15.

A few of the players will also join in the fun during this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live." Catcher David Ross told MLB Network that some of the players will appear on the show.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.