Closer will not go to the White House when the World Series champions meet Donald Trump on Monday
At the end of the day, the 33-year-old told the Washington Post, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I cant do it. I just cant do it.
Doolittle said his opposition to the president was based on 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.
The Nationals clinched their first World Series title in Game 7 in Houston on Wednesday against the Astros, after blowing a two-games-to-none lead with three home losses then coming back from 3-2 down. Doolittle, a closer, took care of business in Game 6, relieving series MVP Stephen Strasburg in a 7-2 victory in Texas.
On Saturday the Lincoln biographer, Clinton adviser, Guardian contributor, baseball fan and stringent Trump critic Sidney Blumenthal wrote in an email: The Red Sox had the curse of the Bambino. The Cubs had the curse of the billy goat. The Nationals had the curse of Trump.
From the moment he announced he would attend a game they lost three straight World Series games in their own park. Then, they removed themselves from the scene of the curse and won two straight in Houston. About Trump ever entering Nationals Park: Never Again!
No team based in Washington had won the World Series since 1924. In a euphoric tweet after the teams victory, Doolittle said the trophy was v shiny, hard to drink from (we tried), impossible to eat cereal out of, heavier than it looks, can be worn like a hat, still in one piece (barely), says 2019 World Champions on it, IS BACK IN DC AND WE CANT WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.
The champions paraded through the city on Saturday, to a rally near Capitol Hill. Tens of thousands of fans attended.