The White House recently announced that the World Champion Washington Nationals would be visiting with President Trump. This was somewhat of a coup for Trump as a number of recent championship teams have turned down his invitation.
At least one member of the Nationals, though, will not be shaking the President’s hand at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle has declined Trump’s offer and explained why he chose to do so.
Doolittle can be defined as progressive and a bit quirky, even by Major League Baseball reliever standards. The lefty made a point of visiting and promoting independent bookstores in every competing city he visited in 2019. He told the Wall Street Journal, “I want to support these places that are active in their communities, that are trying to be supportive and inclusive spaces for their communities.”
The star closer was also forthcoming in discussing why he wouldn’t be attending the White House celebration. He told the Washington Post:
“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘sh*thole countries.”
Doolittle continued, “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.”
The Nationals will be meeting with Trump on the 4th of November.
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