Teammates Question Geovany Soto’s Sincerity in Watching President “Orama’s” Innauguration
January 23, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – On Tuesday, the nation welcomed its 44th President, Barack Obama. Some two million people took in his inauguration in Washington, D.C., and countless other millions took it in live on television.
Many of the Chicago Cubs joined in, watching the ceremony and celebration together in Chicago. The inauguration took place during a mandatory workout session, but the coaches were happy to allow those who truly cared about seeing the historical moment to miss the workout.
Among those who took in the inauguration on a clubhouse television were Derrek Lee, Reed Johnson, Ted Lilly, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Rich Harden, and Michah Hoffpaiur, all of whom had been ardent Obama supporters for months, if not years.
Also in attendance was young Cubs catcher, Geovany Soto. But after the ceremony, his teammates wonder if he really should have been there.
“Look, I’m happy for anyone and everyone to take part in such an important, historical moment in our nation’s history,” Derrek Lee said. “But it was pretty clear after about ten minutes that Geo was just trying to get out of the workout.”
Teammates say that’s because asked things like, “When is that Justin Timberlake performing?” and “Which one is the President?”
“He obviously didn’t really know much about President Obama or the election,” Rich Harden said. “At one point he asked me, ‘When does this president-orama thing kick off?’ And he said it like that. You know, like home-orama.”
For his part, Soto claims he was as interested in the inauguration as any of his teammates.
“I love this country, and I love when they have augrations,” Soto said. “That President Orama thing was an honest mistake. I thought it was like a big party for presidents or something. And I was kind of right.”
“I would never use something as important as this to get out of a workout. I love workouts. I just happen to love moments in history more. And when a president celebrates his 44th birthday, you’ve just gotta watch it. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way I feel.”