President Joe Biden warmly welcomed the Houston Astros on Monday to honor their 2022 World Series victory.
The team, including players, coaches, manager Dusty Baker, and owner Jim Crane, joined the president at the White House to celebrate their achievement.
During the event in the East Room, President Biden praised the “legends of Space City” for their exceptional season in the American League. He joked with Dusty Baker about defying expectations, drawing a parallel to his own experience.
“Dusty, it wasn’t easy. People counted you out, saying you were past your prime. Hell, I know something about that,” said Biden.
Biden highlighted that the Astros not only excelled on the baseball field but also made a positive impact in the community. He applauded their efforts in raising awareness about domestic violence, supporting pediatric cancer research, and aiding families affected by the Uvalde school shooting.
Baker and Crane presented President Biden with a personalized baseball jersey, and they all shared handshakes and photo opportunities.
The Astros secured their championship title in November by winning against the Philadelphia Phillies, the National League pennant holders, in a six-game series. This marked the second time the Astros became World Series Champions.
Visits like this have a historical tradition of presidents honoring successful sports teams at the White House. This practice dates back almost a century, with the 1924 Washington Senators being one of the first teams to visit during Calvin Coolidge’s presidency.
President Biden and the First Lady also hosted the Louisiana State University Tigers women’s basketball team in May to celebrate their NCAA championship win. In the past, President Biden has welcomed various major league sports champions, including the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Golden State Warriors, and the Kansas City Chiefs (Super Bowl winners), among others.