Carlos Correa and Ken Giles did not attend with the rest of the team.
The Astros visited the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win, and it wasn’t without (slight) incident. We already knew Carlos Beltran wasn’t going to join his former team, which he announced back in February because he’d rather spend time with his family and enjoy retirement. Which is all valid.
But Carlos Correa also declined to attend, citing a family obligation according to the Houston Chronicle. Other players who didn’t attend include Ken Giles (who was on the playoff roster and also gave family time as his reason) and Francis Marte (who wasn’t on the playoff roster, and didn’t give a reason).
All of the other major Astros players did attend, including World Series MVP Jose Altuve. Who had at least one semi-awkward moment with President Trump, although it’s hard to tell exactly how awkward their interactions were from the video available. Early in the visit, it looks as if Altuve declined to shake the president’s hand ...
Can't decide here: Did Trump totally skip AL MVP Jose Altuve for a handshake or did Altuve just want no part of it? Either way, kinda awkward. pic.twitter.com/TQrjYOeciv— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) March 12, 2018
... only for that to be made even more unclear by a later moment when they did indeed shake hands.
Awkward moment between Donald Trump and José Altuve. #Astros pic.twitter.com/BQHgclZEYa— Richard W. (@IceManNYR) March 12, 2018
It’s hard to tell whether Altuve thought he was only going to be faced with shaking Trump’s hand once and then couldn’t get away with declining in a one-on-one situation or whether he was just trying to have his cake and eat it too. Trump also apparently bragged about golfing with Justin Verlander because of course he did.
Also at the visit, Astros owner Jim Crane took the time to applaud the team for their unity after Hurricane Harvey and how happy he was to give that win back to the city and Texas after such the disaster.
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane praises team for pulling together following Hurricane Harvey: "59 years, we never won a World Series...we're glad to finally deliver that for the state of Texas." pic.twitter.com/26zwz2DxZh— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2018
While there weren’t any overt political statements made one way or another, there were a bunch of Astros that gave Trump the evil eye behind his back or were otherwise stone faced.
So take that as you will.