Washington Nationals set to visit White House Monday

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump third from left arrive for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump third from left arrive for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros

"Now it is our turn to deliver a parade of the ages to celebrate our Nats".

"We've been dating for four years and she's probably been waiting for me to propose for three-and-a-half of those years", said Payne, who said he was shaking during the entire Metro ride downtown.

"At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can't do it", he said. "I need to just step back and enjoy this".

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Even before Doolittle's decision, this year's World Series had delved into politics. But he also considered how little time these Nationals have left together.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the parade on Wednesday following the team's victory. They'll next convene for reunions down the line.

Doolittle found support from Larry Stokes of Boyds, Maryland, citing Trump's stand on immigrants. Whether he has "enabled" conspiracy theories ("enabling" seems like a weasel word in this context) and whether he bears primary responsibility for widening divisions in America are matters for debate. The matter is no doubt a very personal one for Dolan and Doolittle.

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"I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and (Trump) is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter". He's a left-liberal activist who, along with his wife, strongly supports an aggressive LGBT agenda and the resettlement in the US of a substantially larger numbers of Syrian refugees than the administration wants here. I've got new friends, ' said Kimberly Ballou of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Before publicizing his decision, Doolittle looked up how Braden Holtby and Chris Long discussed their choice to not attend championship ceremonies at the White House.

Since President Donald Trump took office, a number of professional athletes have boycotted their team's visit to the White House as part of their championship celebration, and it appears that trend will continue. But in a city where partisan politics has always been the dominant sport, Monday's visit has itself taken a political turn.

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Doolittle and his team were all invited to the White House to celebrate their World Series win last week.

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