On Monday, March 12th, President Donald Trump welcomed the 2017 World Series Champions — the Houston Astros — to the White House for a special visit. The majority of the winning team, including 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Jose Altuve, did travel to Washington, D.C. to meet the President.
However, according to USA Today, there were three Astros players who skipped the White House visit. None of the players have confirmed if their absence was for political reasons. Read the details below:
1. Carlos Correa
Correa, the All-star shortstop, was the most notable player to skip the White House visit. The 23-year-old Puerto Rico native, and an avid supporter of his home country after the natural disasters took place, reportedly did not attend due to family obligations.
2. Ken Giles
26-year-old relief pitcher, Giles, also didn’t attend for family reasons, reported USA Today. Giles has been with Astros since the end of 2015.
3. Carlos Beltran
Beltran, 40, was the third player to miss out on meeting the President. However, Beltran most likely wasn’t too upset about it; previously, he has criticized the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria. Beltran, who retired after the championship game in 2017, has not released a statement regarding his absence.
On a more positive note, the players who did visit the White House appeared to have a fun-filled and comical time. See all of the photos here!
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