Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of Mexico, has a strong passion for baseball. He also added his prediction for the World Series this week.
“I support Houston as a repeat champion of the World Series,” he wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “There are many Texans of Mexican origin. And as the corrido from the Tigres del Norte says: ’I didn’t cross the border. The border crossed me.’”
Popularly known by his initials AMLO, López Obrador has published social media photos of himself posing with Major League players and has often talked about how much he loves baseball. When he posted a picture of himself practicing baseball in a uniform in 2021, some criticized him, claiming he wasn’t doing enough to address the growing number of epidemic deaths in his nation.
AMLO posted a picture of himself with Mexican-born Astros pitcher José Urquidy in his post on Sunday. He also mentioned how many Astros players are of Latino descent.
“Also, even though the governor of this state is very racist and anti-immigrant,” AMLO wrote, “on the baseball team of nine who play, five are Latinos, sometimes six, when our countryman José Urquidy enters to pitch. That’s all, don’t get mad.”
The office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been contacted by CNN regarding the Mexican President’s post.
AMLO has already attacked Abbott and his attempts to enforce immigration laws. The president of Mexico referred to the floating buoys Texas officials positioned in the Rio Grande as “inhumane” earlier this year. According to Abbott, he is making the required preparations to safeguard the border.
On Wednesday, the American League Championship Series’ third game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros is slated to take place. The reigning World Series champion Astros are down by two games.
Latinos make up a number of the Astros’ best stars, including as designated hitter Yordan Alvarez and second baseman Jose Altuve.
Major League Baseball announced earlier this year that the Astros had the most players born outside of the United States on Opening Day for the third straight season.