Anthony Rendon skipped the Nationals’ White House visit to stick it to President Trump — over a cancelled golf game.
The 29-year-old third baseman, a member of Washington’s World Series-winning team who has since joined the Angels on a seven-year, $245 million deal, says Trump was supposed to play golf with Rendon, Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman in spring training but “bailed” on the trio. He playfully indicated missing the White House ceremony for the Nats on Nov. 4 was to get back at Trump.
“We were supposed to golf together, and he didn’t show up,” Rendon said, according to USA Today. “So that was a little (payback) for him. We were supposed to play at Trump International.”
In reality, Rendon wanted to be at the ceremony — at which Trump hugged Kurt Suzuki from behind as the catcher donned a red “Make America Great Again” hat.
“I wanted to go so bad,” said Rendon, who grew up in the Houston area. “Obviously being from Texas, I think you guys know which views we lean towards.”
“I was actually told that the White House visit wasn’t supposed to be until Wednesday … I was already packing up the house, my wife was already back home in Houston, so I was going to fly back up Wednesday morning.
“Then the day of the parade (Sunday) they go ‘Oh the White House visit has been changed to Monday.’ I had something planned.”
The Nationals were unlikely to keep both Rendon and Strasburg, and they ended up re-signing Strasburg to the same exact deal Rendon got.