President Trump’s speech on the matter was generally well-received and it seemed the players, managers, and other Nationals staff were having a ball. The last time a Washington, D.C.-based team won a World Series championship was during the Calvin Coolidge Administration, so this was history in the making.
You can watch Trump’s full remarks below:
A couple interesting highlights from the event today. Two players offered their thanks to President Trump and some Twitterati were finding ways to start canceling them.
After Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals first baseman and now free agent, presented Trump with a “45” jersey commemorating their victory, he thanked him for “keeping everyone here safe” and “continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
He then turned to the president, adding, “Mr. President, me and my teammates — first of all, I’d like to thank you for having us here. This is an incredible honor that all of us will never forget. And we’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country —”
Zimmerman paused briefly as the crowd cheered and Trump gave a “thumbs up” in the background. “— And continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
Here are some of those calling to cancel the two players.
After some Twitter users posted a selectively-edited video of World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg supposedly snubbing the president, the player posted to his dormant Twitter account to correct the record—calling it “fake news.” Strasburg shook President Trump’s hands on two more occasions after this clip:
Baseball should transcend politics. I was encouraged to see the Nationals team pay the White House a visit and bask in their victory. It’s hard to deny this World Series win brought the region together.
We need more moments like this here in the D.C. Metro Area. Go Nationals!