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Tuesday’s Mashup: Astros visit White House without Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran

Lucy Burdge
March 13, 2018 - 7:47 am

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-- The World Series champion Astros visited the White House on Monday to celebrate the victory, making the trip without their All-Star shortstop.

Carlos Correa skipped the visit due to a “family obligation.” Now-retired outfielder Carlos Beltran also skipped the trip but gave a lengthier reason for missing the visit with Donald Trump.

He said it wasn’t because of anything Trump has done, but because he is disappointed in the government’s response, or lack thereof, to Hurricane Maria in Beltran’s home island of Puerto Rico.

“No, I’m not going to go. Honestly, I’m not going. I’m going to stay with my family,” Beltran said. “I’m going to be here in New York City.”

Beltran went on to say Trump is “the President of the United States. If sometimes we don’t like the things that he does, or we like the things that he does, at the end of the day he’s the president, so (politics) have nothing to do with that.”

“Honestly, I’m not into politics. I’m more into the baseball side of it, sports side of it,” he continued. “That’s something that I don’t have a lot of opinion on that. I mean, I’m retired. I feel like I don’t belong to any team. I just feel like I belong to the only team — and that’s my family. That’s the team that I belong (to) right now. I wish (Astros players) the best over there. I hope they have a great time, enjoy their day, with what it comes to visit the White House.”

The Astros announced in January the team had accepted Trump’s invitation to the White House.

-- Tiger Woods’ supporters were out in droves during Sunday’s Valspar Championship final, and Lindsey Vonn was one of them.

Woods’ ex-girlfriend showed her support on Twitter in response to a tweet from the Golf Channel.

“Let’s go T!!,” Vonn tweeted.

Woods and Vonn split in 2015 after three years of dating but they remain friends.

“I love him and we’re still friends,” Vonn said in January. “Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way. I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m sitting here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb and you go, ‘What are we doing this for? What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this? You have to have answers for those questions and they have to be with a lot of conviction. When you lose your conviction you probably should be doing something else." -- Tom Brady, at the end of the final Tom vs. Time episode

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