The Houston Astros are in the midst of a great honor on Monday afternoon, getting their time in the sun at the White House for the World Series title they very much earned in seven hard-fought games against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But not every 'Stro accompanied the team on this day trip.
According to Brian McTaggart, star shortstop Carlos Correa didn't make the trek from Florida.
Carlos Correa is not with the Astros at the White House— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 12, 2018
Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard of athletes skipping their White House ceremonies lately, whether explicitly due to Donald Trump's hold on the Commander in Chief role, or simply coincidentally.
Steph Curry, of course, went out of his way to avoid the optics of meeting with Trump, eventually spearheading a Warriors-wide movement. Tom Brady, on the other hand, missed last year's visit, likely either due to a scheduling conflict or simply the desire to avoid the inevitable furor.
Astros arrive at East Room pic.twitter.com/AUjnb7sHgB— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 12, 2018
Surely, we'll hear from Correa later as to why exactly he isn't with his teammates-- and whether or not he's got an ulterior motive.
Maybe he just didn't want any distractions as Houston gets ready to defend its flag.