Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero had trouble throwing people out as they stole bases this year, but he should be glad he wasn’t thrown out by none other than President Donald Trump.
Montero was released from the team earlier this week. And when the Cubs visited Trump at the White House on their road trip to play the Washington Nationals, the team considered having the President dust off his old “Apprentice” catch phrase to break the bad news, according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, who spoke on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Thursday.
During the appearance, Gammons said the Cubs front office joked about inviting Montero to the White House, and then have Trump tell Montero, “You’re fired!”
In a game against the Nationals earlier this week, Montero and pitcher Jake Arrieta allowed a whopping seven stolen bases during the game. Montero then blamed Arrieta for why he couldn’t throw anyone out. Days later, the Cubs designated him for assignment, and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo fired back at Montero.
“If you start pointing fingers, that just labels you as a selfish player,” Rizzo said in an appearance on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago. “We have another catcher who throws out everyone who steals… Going to the media with things like that, I don’t think it’s very professional.”
Montero later apologized to his teammates and tweeted, “It was an awesome ride. Winning the World Series was simply fantastic. Thank you to my teammates – good luck to everyone of you.”
Thankfully Montero, or “Miggy” as Cubs fans like to call him, was spared the shame of being fired by the president.