The Houston Astros make a decision over visiting or not the White House

It's the right choice?

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The World Series champion Astros will use Monday's off-day to fly to Washington and be recognized by President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House. The team will depart the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches early in the morning to fly to Washington and will return to West Palm Beach later that evening.

Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife, Whitney, general manager Jeff Luhnow, president of business operations Reid Ryan and most of the team's senior management team will make the trip, along with players and coaches who played with the club last year. The only player from the 2017 team who's currently on the Astros who's known to not be going is Ken Giles, who has a family conflict.


"It's a great honor to be the team that gets to go to one of the most prestigious places in our country," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

Former Astros player Carlos Beltran, who retired following last year, has said he won't be attending. At least two former Astros who are on other teams -- Luke Gregerson of the Cardinals and Joe Musgrove of the Pirates -- are going to travel with the Astros to Washington.


"I'm looking forward to it. I've never been to the White House," said Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who got a new suit for the trip. "Hopefully, I'll get a few pictures in there. I'm not sure if they allow phones in, but I'm looking forward to it. If you're going to spend an off-day doing something other than relaxing, I think the White House is a pretty good gig."

The players, coaches and staff who weren't with the team last year will be given the day off and stay in Florida.


"It's basically an all-day trip up and back," Hinch said. "They haven't told us the entire detail other than we're leaving pretty early and end up getting back around dinner time. It's a 10- or 12-hour round trip by the time we fly twice and do our activities there."

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