Atlanta Braves set for White House visit to celebrate 2021 World Series championship
President Joe Biden will host the 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves at the White House.
Biden’s visit on September 26 comes just over a week before the 2022 regular season ends and the playoffs begin. Last year, the Braves defeated the Houston Astros in six games. Atlanta is presently second in the National League East standings with 91 victories. The postseason begins on October 7.
Regardless of party, the president frequently honors major league and some college sports champions with a White House ceremony, which are largely nonpartisan occasions in which the commander in chief pays respect to the champs’ ability, appears for photos, and receives a team jersey.
During the previous administration, these visits were fraught with controversy. Many athletes criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and statements on policing, immigration, and other issues. Trump, for one, was not amused by the athletes’ criticism or their on-field political statements.
The custom appears to be returning under Biden. At the White House, he has hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.