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Sports 'Just trying to have some fun': Nationals' Kurt Suzuki explains wearing MAGA hat at White House visit

01:15  05 november  2019
01:15  05 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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' JUST TRYING TO HAVE SOME FUN ': Nationals ' Kurt Suzuki explains wearing MAGA hat at White House visit . Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake When the Nationals announced last week that they were going to the White House so quickly after the World Series, the conventional wisdom was

Washington Nationals ’ Kurt Suzuki wears a MAGA hat at White House event recognizing World Other fans celebrated the way the Nationals behaved at the event, some calling it “the best thing Since 2016, several sports teams and athletes have refused an invitation to visit the White House

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki says he was "just trying to have some fun" wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat at the team's World Series championship ceremony at the White House with President Donald Trump on Monday.

"It was amazing. That was the president. Just trying to have some fun," Suzuki told USA TODAY Sports in a text message after the team's visit on Monday.

"Everybody makes everything political. It was about our team winning the World Series," Suzuki said in another text.

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Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was among those who visited the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series title. Trump called on a few players to speak, including catcher Kurt Suzuki who donned a " MAGA " hat before making a speech.

Trump gets friendly with Nationals ’ Kurt Suzuki at White House visit . The Commander in Chief reached around the MAGA - hat - wearing Kurt Suzuki and gave him a big hug across his chest, reminiscent of the “America fell in love with the Nats baseball, they just fell in love with Nats baseball.

Trump called Suzuki to the podium during the ceremony and the 36-year-old put on the red hat, which appeared to be autographed. Trump then hugged Suzuki from behind as Suzuki told the crowd: "I love you all. I love you all. Thank you."

Most Nationals players were present at the White House.

"This is an incredible honor I’d like to think none of us will ever forget," first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said as he presented Trump with a Nationals jersey. "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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.@ Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki puts on a MAGA hat and gets a hug from @POTUS during White House visit pic.twitter.com/vdXSUveZkD. On Friday, reliever Sean Doolittle became the first Nationals player to publicly confirm that he would not attend Monday’s ceremony, and explained his

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