HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - President Trump welcomed the 2019 World Series champions ― the Washington Nationals ― to the White House on Monday for a big celebration.
And Hawaii native Kurt Suzuki got a special shout-out from the president for his walk off, three-run homer in the bottom of 9th inning against the New York Mets back in September.
But what’s making headlines is what happened after that.
At the White House event, Suzuki donned a Make America Great Again hat, flashed a shaka and told attendees, “I love you all. Thank you."
Trump gave Suzuki a hug and responded, "I didn’t know that was going to happen.”
The meet-up and Suzuki’s decision to wear the MAGA hat had Suzuki trending on Twitter within hours.
In response, Suzuki sought to downplay his decision to put on the MAGA hat. He told USA Today in a text message that he was “just trying to have some fun."
“Everybody makes everything political. It was about our team winning the World Series,” Suzuki said in another text.