Carhart: The highest honor

From SABR member Ralph Carhart at Bent Knees & Raised Fists on November 13, 2019:

With the 2019 World Series victory of the Washington Nationals, came the now obligatory invitation from the White House to attend a ceremony in their honor. The event happened considerably faster than many White House sports championship celebrations, presumably because the team was still in town and they wanted to catch the players before they went home for the winter. One pundit mused that the quick turnaround was possible because this administration, more so than any other in recent memory, keeps a fairly open daily schedule, leaving the President plenty of time to tweet his grievances.

As has become the norm for anything Donald Trump does, it was far from your standard celebration. Recent recognition of athletic teams usually involved the conquering heroes attending an open press event, standing behind the President in the East Room while he said a few inspirational words about sports and the human character. Barack Obama’s honoring of the 2016 Chicago Cubs included a particularly moving nod to the fact that without Jackie Robinson, it was unlikely he would have been standing in the room that day.

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Originally published: November 13, 2019. Last Updated: November 13, 2019.