President Donald Trump was primarily attached to sports and while honoring the World Series champion, the Nationals, which caused a handful of players to skip the visit to the White House.
In the midst of a political trial investigation into the Capitol and Washington celebrating their first major league champion since 1924, Trump hugged Kurt Suzuki after the receiver put on his "Make America Great Again" hat.
Trump received a No. 45 Nationals shirt from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, applauding the team's first title and calling it a "history of return of all time."RELATED
"Everyone fell in love with Nats baseball," Trump said during the half-hour ceremony at the South Lawn attended by thousands of fans. “That's all they wanted to talk about: that and political judgment. I like Nats baseball better. "
Reliever Sean Doolittle, who along with his wife has worked with Syrian refugees and military veterans and supports gay rights, did not attend the event.
Also among those not listed as assistants were the MVP candidate of the National League Anthony Rendon, gardeners Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor, and pitchers Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero.
The main owner, Mark Lerner, was the only member of the group of owners listed as an assistant.
Eighteen of the 25 players on the Washington World Series list were present, including the World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, who opted for the last four years of his contract, but could re-sign a more lucrative agreement. Fans chanted "Four more years! Four more years" to Davor of Strasburg.
Washington manager Dave Martinez, whose parents are Puerto Rican, attended and made some brief remarks to the delight of fans and players. Trump called it a record crowd and said: "We've never had so many people in the front yard of the White House." The White House estimated an attendance of 5,300.
Those who did not attend with Sean Doolittle, were Anthony Rendon, Victor Robles, Michael Taylor, Joe Ross, Wander Suero, Javy Guerra and Wilmer Difo.