WASHINGTON – Washington Nationals First Baseman Ryan Zimmerman thanked President Trump for “continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world.”
Zimmerman, on behalf of the team, presented Trump with a customized Nationals jersey during a ceremony at the White House honoring the team for their World Series victory.
“This is an incredible honor that I think all of us will never forget. And 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,” Zimmerman said on Monday at the White House before handing Trump the jersey.
“Thank you, Ryan. That’s so nice, Ryan,” Trump replied.
Mike Rizzo, general manager of the Nationals, said the team was honored to participate “in the long tradition of honoring champions at the White House.”
“This is a particular honor because Washington, D.C., not only is the nation’s capital and the most powerful city in the world, it’s our hometown,” he said.
Trump congratulated the Nats for finishing the fight and becoming world champions.
“Today, in the heart of our nation’s capital and the city that everybody adores in many ways, and a city that adores you and your team and your champions, we’re here to celebrate a World Series win for the ages. This is really something that was very special. You stayed in the fight,” he said.
“You were down so much from the regular season to the post-season to the — I would think that the odds would have been pretty small that you could’ve done what you did. But you did because you have tremendous ability but you have tremendous heart. Maybe even greater heart,” he added.
The majority of the team attended the ceremony at the White House except for Sean Doolittle, Victor Robles, Michael Taylor, Anthony Rendon, Joe Ross, Wander Suero, Wilmer Difo and, Javy Guerra.