The Washington Nationals World Series celebration continued on Monday when the team visited President Donald Trump at the White House.
Reliever Sean Doolittle was among several players who did not attend the ceremony, and explained his reasons why, but Trump had at least one fan in catcher Kurt Suzuki.
The president called on Suzuki, who hit a key home run in Game 2 of the World Series, to speak at the ceremony, at which point the Nationals catcher took the stage and put on a “MAGA” hat.
“I love him,” Trump said, grabbing Suzuki’s chest from behind.
Suzuki kept his speech brief and to the point.
“I love you. I love you all. Thank you,” he said.
Nationals first baseman presented Trump with a No. 45 jersey, which is typical of teams invited to the White House, and also thanked the president for “keeping everyone in the country safe and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
Nationals ace Max Scherzer also spoke, thanking fans for a “magical month.”
Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park — a 7-1 Washington loss — and was booed by the home fans when he was shown on the jumbotron. They derided him with “lock him up” chants as Trump finds himself amid an impeachment inquiry from Democrats.
In addition to Doolittle, Anthony Rendon, Michael Taylor and Victor Robles were absent from the ceremony, although it is unclear if it was out of protest or other reasons.