Trump might not have been popular at Nationals Park during Game 5 last week, but one of the ball clubs World Series winners was more than happy to meet the president on Monday.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki -- who was pivotal in one of the Nationals most memorable regular-season wins this past September when he blasted a three-run homer to cap a remarkable comeback against the New York Mets -- made his way to the microphone after Trump called on the catcher.
As the Hawaiian-born player stepped to the plate, so to speak, he plucked out a red Make America Great Again cap and pulled it on -- much to the presidents delight.
I love him, Trump could be heard saying before he wrapped his arms around Suzukis chest.
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I love you all, Suzuki said.I love you all. Thank you.
As he walked away from the microphone, Trump said: What a job he did...I didnt know that was going to happen.
Suzukis enthusiastic support for Trump did not mirror the emotions of all his teammates, with seven members ofthe Nationals World Series roster not attending the event. Among them: reliever Sean Doolittle, National League MVP candidate and third baseman Anthony Rendon, outfielders Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor, and pitchers Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero.
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During the celebration,Trump applauded the teams first title in franchise history, calling it a comeback story for the ages and predicting it will be the first victory of many. He singled out World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, NLCS MVP Howie Kendrickand others. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman thanked Trump, saying he keptthe country safe and madeit the greatest on earth; he then presented to the presidenta No. 45 Nationals jersey.
All in all, the Nationals visit did not have as much political undertone as when the 2018 champion Boston Red Sox were honored by Trump but without manager Alex Cora, whodid not attend that ceremonyafter citing his frustration with the administrations efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane.
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Washington manager Dave Martinez, whose parents were Puerto Rican, was in attendance and made some brief remarks.
The Nationals White House visit was the latest stop on their whirlwind victory tour around the nations capital after coming back from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the Houston Astros in Game 7 last week. The team paraded down Constitution Avenue on Saturday andcelebrated at the Washington Capitals hockey gameSunday night.B:
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