( CNN) For championship sports crews, an invite from the White House was just a slam dunk. Why wouldn’t you leap at the chance to visit the most famous home in the country and banter with the president?
The tradition appointments back at least to the ‘6 0s, although President Reagan in the ‘8 0s was the first to make it a regular occurrence.
Some musicians have skipped the tour, quoting scheduling conflicts. The Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird drew bulletin where reference is opted out in 1984, saying, “If( Reagan) wants to see me, he knows where to find me.” In 1991 Michael Jordan represented golfinstead of chafing elbows with President George H. W. Bush. And in 2017 Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta hop-skip a White House visit with President Obama, fueling speculation that his decision was political( he disavowed it ).