Twitter / Rep. Pete Olson
The Houston Astros visited the White House on Monday morning as part of the team's historic World Series Championship.
Back in January, the Astros franchise released a statement saying they would accept President Donald Trump's invitation
and, for the most part, stayed true to that statement.
Most of the winning team took part in the visit, but short-stop Carlos Correa, a Puerto Rico native, and closer Ken Giles skipped out on the trip
, according to the Houston Chronicle
. The newspaper reports
that the team said both players had family obligations.
During the visit, Trump commended the Astros and the "unbreakable spirit of the great State of Texas,"
according to the Chronicle
. (Maybe that's why he just wished us "good luck"
as Hurricane Harvey was barreling toward Texas last year?)
Also missing was Carlos Beltran, who retired from baseball after the championship. According to the Chronicle
, his absence wasn't a political statement
, though he did say that he was disappointed in how the U.S. government responded to the hurricane devastation in his home country of Puerto Rico.
Twitter/ NY Daily News Sports
reports that the team invited Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale to join them
at the White House. The Houston businessman allowed evacuees to stay in his furniture stores during Hurricane Harvey, gave a houseful of furniture away
to 30 families, and "lost" a bet that refunded $10 million
to customers because the Astros won the championship.
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