President Donald Trump on Monday, Nov. 4, honored the World Series champion Washington Nationals at the White House.
Eighteen of the 25 players on Washington’s World Series roster were in attendance, including World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, who opted out of the final four years of his contract but could re-sign for a more lucrative deal. Fans chanted “Four more years! Four more years” at Strasburg.
“Everyone fell in love with Nats baseball,” Trump said during the half-hour ceremony on the South Lawn attended by thousands of fans. “That’s all they wanted to talk about—that and impeachment. I like Nats baseball more.”
Kurt Suzuki was trading in the Nationals’ curly “W” for Trump’s signature hat and Ryan Zimmerman was thanking the president for keeping the country safe and making it the best on earth.
Washington manager Dave Martinez, whose parents are Puerto Rican, was in attendance and made some brief remarks to the delight of fans and players. Trump called it a record crowd, saying, “We’ve never had this many people on the Front Lawn of the White House.” The White House estimated an attendance of 5,300.
The U.S. Marine Corps band proceeded the team into the ceremony with “Baby Shark,” which became the Nationals’ unofficial theme song as they went from 17-31 in May to World Series champions.
“It’s miraculous what we did,” NL Championship Series MVP Howie Kendrick said. “We brought a title back.”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 4, 2019
After Trump singled out Strasburg, Kendrick, pitcher Aníbal Sánchez and other playoff heroes, players exited with the World Series trophy to the strains of “We Are The Champions.”
The Nationals’ White House visit was the latest stop on their whirlwind victory tour around the nation’s 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 and celebrated at the Washington Capitals hockey game Sunday night.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 4, 2019