Washinton Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle refuses to go to the White House

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One of the feel-good stories last week was the Washington Nationals winning their first-ever World Series. During one of the games in Washington, Donald Trump was in attendance and that bitch got booed by an entire stadium. The Nationals’ pitcher Daniel Hudson also missed Game 1 because he took paternity leave when his wife gave birth to their daughter. Long-time Washington residents (and beltway residents) were just happy. They were in a good mood because of the win, and they celebrated by calling Trump an “a–hole in the f–king White House” on live TV. The good vibes might have come to an end – Trump invited the team to the White House on Monday, thus beginning the near-constant debate about whether athletes are going to cosign this presidency by showing up to the White House. The Nationals’ other pitcher, Sean Doolittle, has refused the invitation, and he gave an absolutely righteous interview to the Washington Post about why he’s not going to the f–king White House. Some quotes from the piece:

He’s the first National player to say he won’t go to the White House: He is the first Nationals player to publicly confirm that, although multiple people close to the team said a handful of players are wrestling with the decision. He explained his reasons in a lengthy interview with The Washington Post on Friday night.

Why he won’t go: “There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘sh-thole countries,’ ” Doolittle said, mimicking when Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as “sh-thole countries” in a January 2018 meeting. “At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it.”

He doesn’t mind that some of his teammates will go: Doolittle also noted Friday that he did not want to be a distraction for teammates who wanted to go for the experience of meeting the president. He added that they respected his decision, and he respects theirs all the same.

On race relations & the LGBTQ community: “I feel very strongly about his issues on race relations,” Doolittle said, and he listed the Fair Housing Act, the Central Park Five and Trump’s comments following a white supremacist rally in 2017. He also mentioned that his wife, Eireann Dolan, has two mothers who are very involved in the LGBTQ community. “I want to show support for them. I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them. I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.”

He doesn’t think it’s about respecting the office: “People say you should go because it’s about respecting the office of the president. And I think over the course of his time in office he’s done a lot of things that maybe don’t respect the office. The rhetoric, time and time again, has enabled those kind of behaviors. That never really went away, but it feels like now people with those beliefs, they maybe feel a little bit more empowered. They feel like they have a path, maybe. I don’t want to hang out with somebody who talks like that. I don’t want to get mad online, as they say. I want people to know that I put thought into this and, at the end of the day, I just can’t go.”

[From The Washington Post]

It occurred to me as I read this piece that Sean Doolittle 100% deserves credit for being a woke ally, PERIOD, but let’s also be real: he won’t get even a fraction of the sh-t a black athlete would get for voicing these perfectly legitimate qualms. Donald Trump would be hate-tweeting a black athlete for saying this sh-t. Trump would be using words like “he should be grateful” and “he should go back his hellhole country” or whatever white supremacist dog-whistles are in vogue at the moment. My point is that Trump would have targeted a person of color in a way that Trump won’t with Sean Doolittle. All that being said, YAY, an ally. Sean Doolittle gets a f–king cookie and then some. It’s my dream that more white dudes feel this way and start to verbalize that sh-t all the time.

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  1. Jerusha says:

    Thank you, Mr. Doolittle for your refusal to go to the WH and for your clearly stated reasons for your refusal. May you be joined by the majority of your teammates.

  2. Luna says:

    What, he doesn’t like hamberders?

  3. BlueSky says:

    This is the wokest article I have read in a long time. You are absolutely right in that a black athlete would be getting death threats and Cheeto Satan would demand he be booted off the team.

    • Snappyfish says:

      Seriously adore “Cheeto Satan” comment & I shall use it (giving you complete credit) Doolittle is simply amazing. Although a few high pitches in his Game 6 relief scared the bejeezus out of me.

  4. Ashby says:

    This is how it’s done.
    Well explained and well thought out.
    Some people are no sheep, they think for themselves and stick to their principles regardless of the nice crunchy carrot being dangled in front of them aka in this case visiting the White House.
    Unfortunately the White House to many of us doesn’t have the same meaning it used to, because the current occupant acts more like a mob boss than a President of the United States.
    First of all Trump of all people should show the respect to the office he holds before expecting anybody else to do it.
    I hope Trump gets all he deserves and some and I hope all of us DEMOCRATS vote him out.
    We must!

  5. OriginalLala says:

    It’s nice to see that more and more white, cis, rich men are finally standing up to the orange turd, it can’t just be on POC, women and the LGBTQ+ community to stand up to him, it’s on everyone.

  6. Rapunzel says:

    It’s definitely cool of Doolittle to skip, and I agree he won’t get the hate a black athlete would.

    But let’s wait till the actual visit to gauge Trump’s reaction. He might be saving some sh– to throw at Doolittle/The Nationals. Remember, he picks his Twitter fights carefully for maximum deflection of other sh–.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I don’t think he’s going to get a pass from either Trump or the right wing propaganda machine. I got into a twitter fight with some deplorables who troll a local liberal columnist, who dismissed the boos at the World Series as coming from “an entire stadium of liberal snowflakes.”

  7. Aims says:

    I admire him for standing his ground. He’s absolutely correct and he has my support.

  8. Juju says:

    The sad thing to me is that much of what he says feels like common sense, or at least it feels like the viewpoint of your average kind person. But in this day and age it is radical and controversial and he will be dragged for it by people (Republicans) that claim to care about our country. I appreciate hearing his well articulated view points, but also appreciate the comments in this article about his privilege.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Juju you have really voiced what I’ve been thinking for the last several years. We can only hope that common sense is contagious.

  9. Jem says:

    This is great, and we need so much more of it. As for the players who choose to go to the WH, I get that they’re excited and want to celebrate their win with the “president” – but by accepting Drumph’s invite, they’re feeding into his ego and his rhetoric, and unintentionally (or intentionally) normalizing all of this.

    Also, side rant – I hate Daylight Saving Time. Whoever invented it clearly didn’t have little kids.

  10. Joanna says:

    I realized I judge people by looks. I would have thought he was a Trump supporter. Shame on me and that was good of him to stand up for others.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      Where I live I don’t judge this look, because so many men have this “style.” But, when I travel, I have to admit, this would be a guy I’d be wary of too. But, yes, I love him and his stance. I thank you Sean.

  11. VS says:

    “It occurred to me as I read this piece that Sean Doolittle 100% deserves credit for being a woke ally, PERIOD, but let’s also be real: he won’t get even a fraction of the sh-t a black athlete would get for voicing these perfectly legitimate qualms. Donald Trump would be hate-tweeting a black athlete for saying this sh-t. Trump would be using words like “he should be grateful” and “he should go back his hellhole country” or whatever white supremacist dog-whistles are in vogue at the moment”

    This is just excellent and you are 1000000000% right on the money on this one………

    • Kath says:

      It’s totally true, but at the same time – Trump ignores PoC, women and LGBT+ people. Having white dudes in positions of power say “eff this guy” has arguably the biggest impact. Getting booed at baseball and UFC events clearly damages the Trump ego more than say, Hollywood actors or NBA players criticising him.

  12. Gabby says:

    How lovely to read a thoughtful statement like this. The right wing loonies will find it difficult to throw stones at him, as you all have said, I’m pleased that dump gets yet another reminder that many of us see right through him.

  13. SJR says:

    I think he did a great job in this interview! Very well said, and I completely agree with him.
    I love that he specifically, and clearly stated his reasons.

    I swear ThatOrangeTurd gets my temper up so much, I can’t use words. Aargh!

    And to the fans who openly Boo Trump..Thanks, mates!

  14. Truthiness says:

    if we have to celebrate Sean Doolittle’s words just so that we can continue to normalize anti-Trump protests, okay let’s do this. It should not have been the case for us to commend a pitcher speaking articulately to the paper, but here we are. We need all hands on deck, from the smallest to the largest, all races and all belief systems. Yes, even if you believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I saw all the faces in the crowd who were booing and chanting “lock him up!” and it made my week. For a fleeting moment it felt a little less hopeless. But also: this is what sanity looks like.

  15. Nicegirl says:

    Keep it up, Doolittle. 🖖🏽

  16. Jadedone says:

    I have never been more attracted to a man. He and his wife sound amazing.

  17. Truthiness says:

    I know I just posted but holy $#!T, google his wife, Eireanne Dolan.

    • bananapanda says:

      They’re a really cool hilarious couple who have been slowly building up their activism network in DC. This season they’ve also been visiting and highlighting independent bookstores around the country. They support LGBTQ rights, Veteran’s Affairs and refugees. Sean is a UVA graduate who got vocal about Charlottesville and Trump’s response to it. Nobody expected Sean to go to the White House and this was the smart way to announce it, via Washington Post.

      As for the rest of the team, I wanted them to speak Spanish the whole time they were in the White House – in addition to several Hispanic Americans, we have two Venezuelans, a Brazilian and two Dominicans plus a team that is rapidly speaking / partying to Calma and Reggaeton music in the locker room.

      No matter what, Trump will remember that 44,000+ people booed him at Game 5. DC HATES HIM for messing with our livelihoods (furlough, USDA shipped 600 jobs to Kansas City, budget chaos, hiring freezes, etc.) in addition to the racist, narcissism and dementia.

  18. Reece says:

    I think I’m going to start watching baseball again.

  19. adastraperaspera says:

    I love watching him pitch, and I really respect him for his activism. He’s been outspoken on many issues before this WH invitation.

  20. adastraperaspera says:

    I love watching him pitch, and I really respect him for his activism. He’s been outspoken on many issues before this WH invitation.

  21. Berri says:

    That’s called using your privilege the way you should.

  22. Msaubra says:

    too bad he wasn’t one of the players who got to get on the mic at the rally yesterday, I would have cheered

  23. Christina says:

    This article made my day!

  24. jon says:

    I think because hes a white athlete this is going to get under Trumps skin more than if a black athlete said it.

  25. Suz says:

    Not to take away from Doolittle doing the right thing here but…“The Nationals other pitcher” LOL! There’s also Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin who were all amazing in this series too.

  26. LadyLaw says:

    I Stan!

  27. JoanCallamezzo says:

    Sean Doolittle is standing on the right side of history.

  28. Cay says:

    I know Sean, his wife, and their family. These statements are 100% honest for Sean and Eireann. This is how they truly try to live their lives. This is a good one, y’all.

  29. harlowish says:

    Sean Doolittle is a good egg. I’ve loved him since he was in Oakland.