World Series champion Houston Astros visit The White House


President Donald Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their very first World Series win, an “incredible triumph” that Trump stated was even more unique following the destruction Cyclone Harvey wrought on the Texas city.

Houston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 last year to clinch the title. Trump, who played baseball in high school, declared it “was one of the greatest baseball video games anybody has actually ever seen.”

” It’s really a suggestion why baseball is our national pastime,” he stated at the White House.

Trump thanked the gamers for spending quality time with individuals who were displaced by Harvey’s floodwaters, and for contributing loan.

” Our administration will continue to wait the people of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, Louisiana, even Alabama and so lots of other places were affected and we’re waiting all of them,” stated Trump, whose reaction to last fall’s hurricanes was criticized by some.

Trump singled out some gamers by name, consisting of American League MVP Jose Altuve. “Who could forget the amazing Jose Altuve? He is much taller than I thought,” Trump said, directly addressing the 5-foot-6 second baseman and turning to shake his hand.

White House sees by championship sports teams are generally highly anticipated, however have become politically stuffed in the age of Trump.

More than two dozen New England Patriots stayed away when the Super Bowl-winning team gone to in 2017. A number of had actually cited political factors in advance.

The NBA champ Golden State Warriors prevented the White House on a trip to Washington last month. Warriors all-star Stephen Curry had stated in 2015 that he did not wish to pertain to the White House. Trump later on made it clear that Curry wasn’t welcome, tweeting “invitation is withdrawn!”

Trump singled out some players by name, including American League MVP Jose Altuve. He is much taller than I thought,” Trump stated, directly attending to the 5-foot-6 second baseman and turning to shake his hand.

Trump later on made it clear that Curry wasn’t welcome, tweeting “invitation is withdrawn!”



At least 3 Astros recently retired outfielder Carlos Beltran, pitcher Ken Giles and shortstop Carlos Correa were absent Monday. Beltran and Giles previously had mentioned household factors for why they would skip the event.

Asked later about Correa’s absence, group owner Jim Crane told reporters throughout an accessibility outside the White House that a “few the men had family concerns and spring break, so we didn’t actually evaluate that with them.”

Some of the players and managers stated they were honored to be at the White House.

“Anytime you can get a chance to come and do something like this, it’s going to be a good time,” ideal fielder Josh Reddick said after the event. Supervisor A.J. Hinch stated it was a “extremely special” day because just one Major League Baseball team a year gets to concern the White House.

“We’ll permanently remember this,” Hinch stated.

Pitcher Justin Verlander tweeted an image of himself backing up the president’s lectern in the White House East Room.



The Astros used Monday’s day off from spring training in Florida to fly to Washington for the ceremony. They headed for the airport afterward.