Houston fans were ecstatic when the Astros took the winning title as the 2017 MLB World Series Champions—marking a historical sports event for the team. This is the first year that the Astros have won the World Series, unlike their opponent—the Los Angeles Dodgers—who have won six World Series games since 1955.
Locals felt the win was much deserved and, additionally, a very special moment for Texas natives, who have been struggling lately with hardships after Hurricane Harvey. Despite this celebratory event, the controversy of the team visiting President Donald Trump at the White House has, of course, come to attention.
Super Bowl LI champs the New England Patriots, 2017 Stanley Cup winners the Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2017 National Champions for college football the Clemson Tigers all graciously accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House earlier this year. However, 2017 NBA Finals Champions the Golden State Warriors were disinvited following Warriors' player Steph Curry’s controversial remarks condemning Trump, causing them to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
As of November 11th, the Astros are still undecided about the possible White House visit as they await the President’s official invitation, due to concerns regarding our nation's political division. However, World Series MVP George Springer announced that if the team was invited, he would proudly accept.
In a press conference, the MVP stated, "That's the most historic place in our country, it stands for a lot, it means a lot to a lot of people...My grandfather worked in Washington for years.”
He continued, “If the team goes, I'm going. I'm not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. I understand the stuff that's been happening in our country. Yes, there is things that have to change, but there are always things that have to change. There isn't anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I'll go."
Conservative fans praised Springer for his proud and bold response. Many took to social media to express their appreciation for the star baseball player.
In addition to Springer, some of his fellow teammates also confirmed that they would visit the White House if invited by President Trump. Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. were among those who would accept Trump’s invite, according to Sports Illustrated.
Watch MVP George Springer speak about the White House visit below:
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