The Washington Nationals defied all the odds and made history as they pushed past the Houston Astros to win the World Series. The victory in game 7 brought an end to a dramatic series, earning the Nationals their first world title as a franchise.
Playing in Houston for the final game, the Nationals made MLB history in becoming the first team in 115 years of baseball, to win all their World Series finals games on the road.
Led by extraordinary talent on the pitchers’ mound, the victory was the fifth must-win game the team was able to achieve through the playoffs.
Not only are they bringing the Commissioner’s Trophy home to the nation’s capital, but they are also reportedly planning to visit the White House and meet with President Trump—a customary gesture for the team that wins their national championship.
While championship teams have often visited the White House, the practice has become more political in recent years under President Trump.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The World Cup champion women’s soccer team, led in part by vocal Trump critic Megan Rapinoe, stated that they would refuse to visit the White House should they be invited. Trump has yet to extend an invitation to the team. The Philadelphia Eagles also refused to visit the Trump White House following their 2018 Super Bowl Championship. A statement from the White House indicated that the team disagreed with Trump’s request that they “proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Trump did not issue an invitation to the WNBA Washington Mystics, who had also been outspoken in their criticism of the president.
The ceremony to honor the hometown Washington Nationals will occur at 1:15 on Monday on the White House South Lawn following a parade in the celebrating the team on Saturday.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 1, 2019