Sunday's game was the first major league baseball game Donald Trump has attended since he became president in 2017

By Dave Quinn
October 28, 2019 08:48 AM
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Donald and Melania Trump stepped out in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to support the Nationals as they played against the Houston Astros at Game 5 of the World Series — but the first couple’s presence wasn’t exactly warmly received by the rowdy baseball crowd.

The president, 73, and the first lady, 49, received their share of ire from ballpark goers, with many in the crowd erupting into a roaring sea of “boos” as the couple’s image flashed on the big screen.

Critics also chanted “lock him up” — flipping the phrase President Trump and his supporters have famously directed at his 2016 Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Videos of the moment were captured by sports fans at Nationals Park and shared on social media.

Some attendees cheered and clapped for the Trumps, but it was the dissenters who were louder.

The Trumps’ presence at the game was made known to fans during the third inning, immediately following the regular salute to veterans, USA Today reported.

It’s unclear if Mr. and Mrs. Trump heard the chants while they sat and viewed the game alongside Republican allies including Sen. Lindsey Graham, House of Representatives Minority Whip Steve Scalise, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. David Perdue. 

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Earlier in the game, celebrity chef and 2019 Nobel peace prize nominee José Andrés — a critic of President Trump’s immigration policy — threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Though every president since William Taft in 1910 has thrown out a first pitch during their time in office, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this week that President Trump declined to do so to minimize distractions for fans.

His view was that in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible, he would arrive at Game 5 sometime after the game began so that it wouldn’t interfere with fans getting into the stadium,” Manfred said prior to Game 3, the Associated Press reported. “Quite frankly, we were very grateful for that. We thought it was a great decision on the president’s part.”

In fact, until Sunday night, Mr. Trump had yet to attend a major league game as president.

He and the first lady arrived shortly after the first inning, USA Today reported; and, according to the AP, the pair stayed for seven innings before heading home to the White House.

The Astros currently lead the World Series 3-2, having triumphed over the Nationals on Sunday with a score of 7-1.

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