Murray took to the podium, decked head-to-toe in Chicago Cubs gear, just minutes after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest wrapped up the official briefing.
The comic legend is in Washington to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, but there was another subject he was far more eager to discuss: his beloved Cubs’ possible victory in the National League Championship Series.
“I feel very confident that [Dodger] Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher but we’ve got too many sticks,” he said in his signature deadpan style when asked to predict Game 6’s outcome.
“[We’re] at home with our crowd, there’s the weather,” he continued, referring to Game 6, which will take place Saturday at Wrigley Field. “You get a little bit of autumn in Chicago you don’t get that in Los Angeles – trees just die in Los Angeles.”
Murray also took time during his surprise White House visit to meet briefly with President Obama. The President did not tell reporters what he and Murray discussed, but it’s clear the actor’s wardrobe spoke volumes.
“He was wearing a Cubs jacket which for a White Sox fan is a little troubling,” Obama joked.
If the Cubs lose to the Dodgers during Saturday’s game, Game 7 of the series will take place in Chicago on Sunday – around the same time that Murray is set to receive the award at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in DC.
Murray begrudgingly told the Washington Post that if this were to happen, he would still honor his commitment to receive the award – no matter how much it would pain him.
“Ugh. If this [NLCS] goes to a Game 6 or 7, which it is going to, I’m not going to be there. I’m going to be there [at the Kennedy Center] having people say, ‘Oh, he’s a funny, funny man,’” he said. “I’d much rather be sitting there in a good box seat at Wrigley Field.”