Instead he enjoyed today celebrating with teammates and fans.
However, I hope that they won't decline the invitation for the wrong reasons, e.g., showing solidarity with Doolittle (there are, I believe, Trump supporters on the team - they are as deserving of "solidarity" as Doolittle) or going along with the D.C. zeitgeist.
In any event, I respect Doolittle's decision not to attend.
"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country", Doolittle said.
Baseball pitcher Sean Doolittle has made a decision to forego a trip to the White House to celebrate the Washington Nationals' World Series victory, saying he "just can't" celebrate with President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
But that ultimately didn't change Doolittle's feelings about Trump and his administration.
The Nationals not only won their first postseason series this year - but first title as well - by heavily relying on their starting rotation.
In 2017, the White House rescinded an invitation altogether after members of the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors said that they were considering skipping the event. "People say you should go because it's about respecting the office of the president", he told the Post. "I watch sports to get away from all that". "Nats! Nats!" as the couple, season-ticket holders from Herndon, shared an embrace even more tender than the one Gerardo Parra and Aníbal Sánchez gave Stephen Strasburg in the dugout after Game 6 of the World Series. The boos more than overwhelmed a scattering of cheers.
When the Capitals won the Stanley Cup championship in 2018, it was estimated that hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets along the parade route to celebrate. "There's no fussing about Trump".
Star Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer holds the team's celebratory World Wrestling Federation Championship belt up for fans during the World Series parade.