WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden insisted Monday that the Atlanta Braves will “always be remembered as October’s surprise champion” for their unexpected march to the 2021 World Series championship as he led the baseball team at the White House. was hosted. title.
Biden referred to that World Series as “an unstoppable, bright campaign.”
The Braves were finally able to reach the Champions Tour at the White House with barely a week to go for the 2022 regular season and the start of the playoffs.
Atlanta posted two first-place wins at the NL East on Monday. Braves CEO Terry McGuirk said he is confident he looks forward to returning to the White House soon.
In August 2021, the Braves were flowing, barely above .500 percent. But he picked up the winning streak. And they didn’t stop until they took on the Houston Astros in a six-game World Series.
Biden described the rally of the Braves as “the greatest comeback in history”.
“This team has been a part of American history for literally 150 years,” Biden said. “But nothing was easy… People rejected him. I know firsthand what it feels like to be rejected.”
Brave players followed Biden to greet the attendees. But the most talked about player was Hall of Famer Hank Aaron who passed away last year.
Aaron was the major league home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players in the franchise and in baseball in general, in addition to having lived through many hardships – from being born in Alabama to poverty and separatism to breaking one of the most sacred records in American sports. For this he had to face racist threats. He passed away on January 22, 2021 at the age of 86.
“This team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.
The president usually receives the champions of professional leagues and some varsity sports with a ceremony at the White House. It is a non-political event in which the President praises the champion’s qualities, poses for photographs and receives the team jersey.
Those visits were full of controversies in the previous government. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric on security, immigration and more. Trump, on his part, did not welcome criticism of the players or their performances on the field.
It seems that with Biden, tradition is back. It has already hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and NFL champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House.