Watching the coverage of the Nationals’ celebration at the White House yesterday was heartwarming when, for a moment, we could see a glimpse of unity again in America. It was an American moment when anti-Trump politics no longer mattered, but what did matter was the celebration of coming together with American spirit — a testament of true champions.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 5, 2019
President Trump hosts @Nationals at the White House…
"America fell in love with the Nats baseball. They just fell in love with Nats baseball. That’s all they wanted to talk about—that and impeachment. I like Nats baseball much more.”https://t.co/2vCf8FwOjI via @epochtimes
— Emel Akan (@mlakan) November 5, 2019
President Donald Trump hosted the Washington Nationals at the White House on Nov. 4 after the franchise won the World Series title last week.
The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6–2 in Game 7 on Oct. 30 in Houston, becoming World Series champions for the first time in their history.
“For the first time in nearly 100 years, our nation’s capital is celebrating a World Series victory. That’s big stuff,” Trump said at the White House event.
He praised the team’s historic comeback after sitting second-to-last in the National League on May 23 with a 19–31 record.
Team owners Ted and Mark Lerner, as well as the general manager, coaches, players, and hundreds of fans, joined the event at the White House.
“I have to say, this is a record. We’ve never had this many people on the front lawn of the White House,” Trump said.
Trump congratulated the Nats for fighting so hard to become world champions. “Today, in the heart of our nation’s capital and the city that everybody adores in many ways, and a city that adores you and your team and your champions, we’re here to celebrate a World Series win for the ages. This is really something that was very special. You stayed in the fight,” he said. “You were down so much from the regular season to the post-season to the — I would think that the odds would have been pretty small that you could’ve done what you did. But you did because you have tremendous ability, but you have tremendous heart. Maybe even greater heart,” he added.
Trump invited catcher Kurt Suzuki up to the podium to say a few words and was genuinely surprised when he saw Suzuki sporting a MAGA hat. Trump’s reaction was priceless and Suzuki went on to say, “I love you all, I love you all, thank you.” Spoken like a true champion.
Best video of the day.
Trump’s reaction to Kurt Suzuki wearing a MAGA hat is hilarious.pic.twitter.com/sRGTcSxpyg
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 5, 2019
Speaking at the event, Washington Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman praised Trump for hosting the event and on behalf of the team, presented Trump with a customized 45 Nationals jersey.
“This is an incredible honor that I think all of us will never forget. We’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world,” he said.
During his introduction speech, Trump mocked the impeachment inquiry by the Democrats. “Throughout this season, the Nationals captured the hearts of baseball fans across the region and across the country. America fell in love with the Nats baseball; they just fell in love with Nats baseball. That’s all they wanted to talk about—that and impeachment,” Trump said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “I like Nats baseball much more.”
As with all things anti-Trump, liberal negative-nellies were whining all day Monday on social media about the Nats at the White House, but it was easy to ignore them. The majority of the team attended the ceremony at the White House except for Sean Doolittle, Victor Robles, Michael Taylor, Anthony Rendon, Joe Ross, Wander Suero, Wilmer Difo and, Javy Guerra. It makes you wonder if they wish now that they’d have been there to experience the celebration for what it was. YMMV, but it didn’t seem like many people missed them — their anti-Trump message wasn’t at all the focus of the moment.
Post the event, as of Tuesday, Suzuki has now become a liberal-target on social media. A sad turn of events and this too shall pass, but a sign nonetheless that highlights who the real losers are.
Washington Nationals’ Kurt Suzuki Becomes Twitter Target After Donning A MAGA Hat https://t.co/j9gIzIGIJo
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 5, 2019
P.S. It would not be an appropriate close without highlighting this photo-shopped beauty from the Daily Caller:
One might call it a DOGtored photo https://t.co/7NrIj4d4al
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 4, 2019
Congrats to the Washington Nationals –true champions. #KAG