As is becoming tradition for championship teams during Donald Trump’s presidency, several World Series-winning Houston Astros backed out of the team’s Monday visit to the White House.
Whether or not it was actually the case, 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve appeared to regret the decision.
Find you a girl who looks at you the opposite of how Jose Altuve looks at Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/dfhV2kWvic
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) March 12, 2018
Jose Altuve looks like he’d rather be anywhere else. pic.twitter.com/Gj8WEnfR2X
— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) March 12, 2018
LOL, damn. Jose Altuve burning a hole right through Donald Trump with his eyes…. pic.twitter.com/E0GXTcqmSS
— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) March 12, 2018
ASTROS MANAGER TO TRUMP: we’re honored to be here
Jose Altuve, being the hero we all deserve: pic.twitter.com/yTyN4m0xyW
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) March 12, 2018
lol Jose Altuve is NOT enjoying the Astros’ meeting with the president pic.twitter.com/bY9KTFjpB5
— heath (@heathdwilliams) March 12, 2018
Beltran and Correa: “Jose, just don’t go.”
Altuve: “I should be there. I’m the leader of this team.”
*a few hours later* pic.twitter.com/CaMUyM139l
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) March 12, 2018
Maybe it had something to do with the president’s making a joke about the 5’6″ star’s height, a totally original thing that probably no one ever does.
— Richard W. (@IceManNYR) March 12, 2018
With one awkward handshake under their belt, the MVP and the president would avoid sharing a second one.
I’m okay with Altuve going for the sake of this moment: pic.twitter.com/gDl5q8wxeJ
— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) March 12, 2018
Carlos Beltran, Carlos Correa, and Ken Giles did not partake in the visit. The Astros cited “family reasons” for Correa’s and Giles’ absences. As for Beltran, Astros owner Jim Crane said, “You’d have to talk to him about that.”
In February, Beltran expressed disappointment in the federal government’s relief efforts in Hurricane Maria-devastated Puerto Rico compared to those in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.
“There’s no doubt that I’m disappointed,” Beltran said, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m not the only one. There’s a lot of people disappointed. We haven’t (gotten) some benefits. Being part of the United States, you expect to at least get the same benefits when tragedies like this happen. The fact that we haven’t (gotten) those, yeah, it’s a disappointment.”
Correa is also from Puerto Rico.