AceShowbiz - Donald Trump didn't receive a warm welcome at Nationals Park. The president was booed loudly when he was introduced at Game 5 of the World Series between the Nationals and Astros on Sunday night, October 27.
Trump, who sat next to his wife Melania Trump during the game, was shown on the big screen during the team's salute to veterans after the third inning. The crowd clearly wasn't keen into what they saw on the screen, booing the president before chanting "lock him up."
The "lock him up" chant was created by Trump supporters in 2016 and directed at his opponent, then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
According to WUSA9, the Lerner family, the principal owners of the Washington Nationals, did not sit with the president. A source tells the site that the Lerners asked Major League Baseball that they not be put in a position to respond to any requests from the White House to sit with Trump.
On the other hand, Astros owner Jim Crane was seen stopping by POTUS' box and greeting Trump and the First Lady at some point during the game.
Sunday marked Trump's first appearance at a major league game since he took office in 2017. According to a team official, the idea to attend the game was Trump's. The president, however, decided not to throw out the ceremonial first pitch "in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible," so MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said.
Except Trump, every president since William Taft in 1910 has thrown out a ceremonial first pitch, either for Opening Day, the All-Star Game or the World Series. President Obama threw out the first pitch on Opening Day in 2010 at Nationals Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Presidential Opening Day first pitches.