WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, an avid sports fan who owns golf courses and once owned a franchise in the United States Football League, stays away from most sporting events.
Now we know why.
When his name was announced to the sellout crowd after the third inning of World Series Game 5 in the midst of the Washington Nationals’ regular salute to veterans, Trump was met by a torrent of boos. The noise was intense and long-lasting, a wave of negativity that washed up to the Major League Baseball suite where the president was watching the final game of the Series to be held at Nationals Park.
But the moment the big screen in center field switched from showing Trump to once again showing the veterans, the boos from the crowd immediately returned to cheers.
This was a crowd that knew exactly what it was doing. And it knew it even before the game began.
Spectators telegraphed how they would greet Trump when they welcomed renowned chef and vocal Trump critic Jose Andres, who threw out the game’s honorary first pitch, with a particularly raucous standing ovation.
I bumped into Andres in the press elevator an hour and a half after his pitch and asked him if he interpreted the crowd’s reaction as a statement supporting his activism against Trump.
He said he would prefer not to comment, except to say this: “I’m an immigrant. Today we celebrate immigrants on a field full of immigrants.”