On Monday, the Houston Astros will visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as part of their quick tour of the East Coast.
After defeating the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series in 2022, the baseball team will get recognition at the White House.
At noon Houston time, the Astros organization—which includes players, manager Dusty Baker, and owner Jim Crane—will meet with Vice President Joe Biden in the East Room.
Following their championship victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018, the club made their first trip to the White House.
Reacquired pitcher Justin Verlander, second baseman José Altuve, and third baseman Alex Bregman will all be in town for the second time. Jason Castro, a retired catcher, is anticipated to attend as well.
After joining the organization in a blockbuster trade with the Mets last week and making his second start with the team on Saturday, Verlander is making his second trip. In the Astros’ 3-1 loss at Yankee Stadium, he allowed two runs.
However, he has indicated to MLB.com that he will wear a gold suit for the event, suggesting that he intends to arrive at the nation’s capital in style.
José Urquidy, who had not pitched for the Astros since April 30, was another pitcher who returned to Houston on Sunday.
Urquidy was on the 60-day injured list for a right shoulder irritation and was recovering with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, the Sugar Land Space Cowboys.
He ran into some difficulties and let up five runs. However, centerfielder Jake Meyers made a big difference, scoring a career-high six runs to help the Astros defeat the Yankees 9-7 and even the four-game series.
The Astros are making a significant journey to the East Coast and will begin a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday after taking the day off for the White House visit.
The Texas Rangers have tightly gripped the top spot in the AL West rankings, which the Astros are still vying for. The Astros are currently sitting 2.5 games back of the lead following the weekend series in New York.
Even so, the Astros will at least return from Washington, DC, as champions.
Astros manager Dusty Baker has previously received invitations to the White House.
In order to welcome him, former President Barack Obama personally contacted him in the closing weeks of his administration in 2016.
It’s thought that the first World Series champions to visit the White House were the 1924 Washington Senators.
For the Hall of Fame weekend, which runs from August 11–13, the Astros will return to Minute Maid Park.