WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The Astros suited up Monday, not in the field, but at the White House. With a break in their Spring Training schedule, players from last year’s World Series championship team traveled to Washington at the invitation of President Donald Trump.
Josh Reddick says the absence of certain players at the White House won't affect relationships on the team.
“All these experiences that come out of this are new for us. We don’t have a lot of experience in this, now we do. We want to build on this. We want to be a perennial winner,” said manager A.J. Hinch.
Hinch says the experience and interacting with the president were memorable. They gave him a jersey of his own. President Trump noted the team’s efforts on and off the field, commending the Astros for their relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey which devastated Houston.
“What was really a show of world spirit and Houston strong,” said Hinch.
Astros owner Jim Crane says he is happy his team gave the city something to rally behind during its recovery.
“It was a big uplift for the city at a time when we needed it,” said Crane.
Some players did not make the trip, including Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa. The now-retired Beltran, a Puerto Rican, cited disappointment in relief efforts to the territory after Hurricane Maria. The Astros said Correa missed for family obligations. Their teammate Josh Reddick says absences won’t affect relationships on the team.
“Everybody has their own way of how they want to handle things and that’s the way they want to handle things we’re all for it,” said Reddick.
The Astros now head back to the diamond. They have an afternoon game scheduled Tuesday against the New York Mets.