Baseball Player Faces Backlash For Pulling Out 'Controversial' Hat At White House

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US President Donald Trump declared Monday “Washington Nationals Day” in celebration of the team’s recent World Series title from Houston last week. The Nationals’ season also featured a 19-31 record last May to raise the Commissioner's Trophy.

With the Washington’s ninth-inning comeback against the New York Mets last Sept. 4, the Nats retaliated with famed catcher Kurt Suzuki’s three-run, a walk-off home run. Suzuki has also played at around 85 games to count, posting with .809 OPS with 17 homers and 63 RBI, and going for the 3-for-30 a home run.

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On the event with Trump, the US president finally calls on Suzuki to the arena’s podium to commemorate and whilst his way there, the 36-year old Suzuki shows his immense support to Donald Trump by putting on Trump’s trademark and iconic red hat with the print “Make America Great Again," a symbol of Trump’s 2015 presidentil campaign success.

In his surprise, Trump hugged Suzuki from behind and greatly appreciated the gesture. Holding the microphone, Suzuki says "I love you all. I love you all. Thank you."

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The two shook hands. “"What a job he did. I didn't know that was going to happen," Trump says in response after the hug.

Many other National athletes have also shown their open support to the President such as Ryan Zimmerman, who presented Trump with his own personalized Jersey along with some kind words.

"This is an incredible honor I’d like to think none of us will ever forget," Zimmerman said. "We’d also like to thank you for keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world."

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However, not all from the Nationals had been present. It could be remembered that the Closer Sean Doolittle had publicly denied Trump’s invitation over the weekend, as well as third baseman Anthony Rendon; outfielders Michael A. Taylor, Victor Robles and Wilmer Difo; and pitchers Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero.​

Sources: USA Today / Photo Credit: NBC New York

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