Rendon, Javy Guerra, Joe Ross, Wander Suero, Wilmer Difo, Michael A. Taylor, Victor Robles, Roenis Elías and Sean Doolittle are not on the official attendance list for today's White House ceremony. Hunters Raudy Read and Tres Barrera are also absent.
At least one team member, Doolittle, stated in advance that he was skipping the trip. "There are many things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, this has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the intensification of conspiracy theories and widening divisions in this country," Doolittle told The Post's Jace Dougherty.
"At the end of the day, as much as I want to be there with my teammates and share this experience with my teammates, I can't do it," Doolittle continued. "I just can't do it."
Here are live updates from the White House visit:
1; 2:13 pm: Released from the band playing Queen & # 39; s "We Are The Champions".
– 2:10 pm: Manager Dave Martinez spoke last, saying he was hoarse after the team attended the Capitals game last night. "Obviously, my boys no longer like to wear shirts," he says.
"It is often said that maladaptation builds character. We have some heroes, "Martinez said. "… And what I learned about these purchases, they had one heartbeat all year. They went 1-0 all year. And I'm so proud of this group of guys and what it means to be a part of this city . "
– 2:07 PM: Passing the microphone to Mike Rizzo, Trump added: once they lose the first two or three games, they will no longer be heroes, that's how life works, but it won't happen to them. "
Calling it a 'season uniting the region when the region is in greatest need of unification,'" Rizzo told fans: "Guys, get on with it. Not a baseball city? It's not even close. Big baseball town. What a great fan base we had, the playoffs, the last part of the season and the playoffs, you guys were electric. It was incredible. "
To his players he said, 'This is a special group of people here. Great baseball players, yes, we know that, great skills, great players, they have had great achievements in their careers, but what a special group of character people we have.
– 2:04 PM: Patrick Corbin took the microphone tour: "I just want to say one thing about this team. We believed in each other and are good friends off the field. I'm glad to be here for another five years. "
– 2:01 pm: Trump praises Stephen Strasbourg's performance in the World Series, for which he won the MVP. In response, Strasbourg said: "We have certainly come a long way, Mr President. I think starting 19-31 alone does so much better. We could have been like the other teams and won 100 games. "
As Strasbourg spoke, the crowd chanted" four more years, "probably for his status as a free agent, not an election.
Trump replied, "I will think there are four more World Series wins."
"What a way to celebrate the final end of this fight," Strasbourg added.
– 13:53: Ryan Zimmerman gave Trump the usual presidential Nazi jersey.
"What an incredible honor to be here," Zimmerman said. "… It's an incredible honor that I think we will never forget, and we would also like to thank you for keeping our country safe here and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in."
– 13:53 PM: Trump for "Baby Shark", the national anthem: "It turned out to be a very, very strong Little tune."
He then invited Juan Soto and complimented his hair. your: "Look at this head of hair, he has no hair problem, I want to tell you. Look at this hair, eh?"
"You carry the energy from which we need to win this thing. We all love you, "Soto told the crowd.
"They're more about talking than playing," Trump joked, asking players to step into the microphone to say a few words.
– 1:48 pm: Trump invited hunter Kurt Suzuki to speak, and Suzuki tossed a red hat "Make America Great Again."
"I didn't know this was going to happen," Trump said.
– 1: 48:00 PM: Trump raised the momentum while praising the nationals. "America fell in love with Nats baseball. They just fell in love with Nats baseball. That's all they wanted to talk about. That and impeachment, "he said. "I like Nats baseball a lot more."
– 1:46 am: President Trump reminded those present that Calvin Coolidge was the White House occupant for the last time the Washington team won the World Series. He called Mike Rizzo a man better known to him before transferring to praise the team manager.
"This man made no mistakes. He did nothing, "he said of Dave Martinez." I watched this trophy for a long time and admired it for many years. "
– 1:45 am: Managing major owner Mark Lerner is here, as is General manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez. The only member of the coaching staff who is not here based on the attendance list is Tim Bogar. Rizzo, Martinez and Ryan Zimmerman were announced with the president. it's a record, "Trump began." We've never had so many people on the front line
– 1:40 pm: The White House's Southern Steps ceremony began at about 10 minutes late and players appeared – what else? – "Baby Shark."
1:30 PM A huge group of fans gathered on the grass, together with the presidents of the competition, on a sunny, cold day in anticipation of the ceremony.