Although the Houston Astros announced in January that they had accepted President Trump’s invitation to visit the White House, sluggers Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa were noticeably absent from the festivities.
Beltran, now retired, had announced that he would not be attending the ceremony, but insisted that it had nothing to do with his feelings toward the president. “I wish those guys the best and hope they enjoy their day," Beltran told NYPost. "He’s the President of the United States. Sometimes we don’t like the things he does or like the things he does. At the end of the day, he’s the president, so it has nothing to do with that." The Puerto Rican native has been outspoken about the government's response to Hurrican Maria.
Gracias a todos los que han aportado mediante CrowdRise para ayudarme a traer ayuda a Puerto Rico. Dos meses después del huracán continuamos trabajando para llevar ayuda a las comunidades.Todavía queda mucho por hacer pero seguiremos trabajando.#prselevantacuandotodoslohagan pic.twitter.com/i9Sh785yq0
— Carlos Beltran (@carlosbeltran15) November 20, 2017
Correa is also Puerto Rican and, according to The Athletic, he used the off day to gather supplies to send to Puerto Rico, which is still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Maria six months after it ravaged the U.S. commonwealth. The All-Star shortstop has been gathering supplies and donations for the island since September. He was joined by his parents and fiancee in Florida on Monday, one of the team's few off days this spring.
The New England Patriots visited the White House after their 2017 Super Bowl victory, but more than two dozen team members declined to make the trip, with several players citing political reasons. The Golden State Warriors celebrated their NBA Championship victory at the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local children after Trump uninvited them from a White House visit in September. The Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins accepted Trump’s invitations.