Washington National Kurt Suzuki wore a MAGA hat at the White House

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Over the weekend, we discussed how Washington Nationals’ pitcher Sean Doolittle decided to refuse Donald Trump’s invitation to go to the White House. The Nationals won the World Series for the first time, and Trump attended Game 5… and got loudly booed by a stadium full of baseball fans. The whole thing felt very cathartic, from top to bottom. We had a dream that most of the Nationals would refuse to go to the White House for Monday’s ceremony honoring them. We had a dream that Trump would get booed again, this time by athletes he invited in. Instead, we got the World Series-winning team whipping out MAGA hats and acting like the ceremony was one of Trump’s little Nazi rallies. Ugh. Okay, it was just one guy whipping out his MAGA hat: Kurt Suzuki, who has now stolen Tom Brady’s Dumb Jock crown.

Is there a debate happening anywhere about whether Trump knew this would happen? I don’t think he did. I think he was genuinely surprised to see Kurt Suzuki take out the hat. Trump was so relieved that he Titanic’d Suzuki.

Shoutout to Sean Doolittle for missing this mess. Shout out to the other Nationals who made the choice not to go: Anthony Rendon, Victor Robles, Michael Taylor, Wilmer Difo, Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero. It would have been nice if all the Nationals refused, but this is still America and everybody gets to make their own life choices. My choice from here on out will be publicly shaming Kurt Suzuki for that degrading stunt.

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  1. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Does this guy realize that Trump and his ilk would have him deported in a heartbeat if given the chance?

    • damejudi says:

      Especially if Trump thought he came from one of the “sh*thole countries.”

      • Prettykrazee says:

        But he isnt. So he doesn’t care. However Martinez is Puerto Rican and he is laughing it up back there. Howie Kendrick was there as well proving all skin folk and kin folk.

    • Phyll says:

      I thought the same thing, then did some background research on Suzuki and it turns out he is Hawaii born. Still no excuses ever to brandish that horrible weapon he put on his head 😏

    • MC2 says:

      I would assume he’s up on his history about the internment camps for our Japanese civilians during WWII, but maybe someone should brush him up, cuz we are reliving that crap now.

  2. Erinn says:

    It must be nice to be wealthy and influential enough that everything about life is just a joke. This is embarrassing, but unfortunately the Ken’s of the world won’t see it that way.

    • Diana says:

      So much this.

      Ugh they will live to regret this decision. Especially with how turnt up the impeachment is going! There is a change in the air….. I feel it. That transcript from the former Ukrainian ambassador yesterday was bone chilling. 😱

      • whatWHAT? says:

        and one of Giuliani’s Ukrainian “business associates” has agreed to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry and turn over documents.

        allegedly, one of his reasons was that he was extremely insulted that 45 claimed to not know him. bwaaaahahahaha!

      • Diana says:

        These narcissistic small men…. I hope he spills all the tea for being so butthurt over trump. Fingers crossed 🤞 this snowballs until it becomes undeniable. And what about Adam Schiff? He does not play! Lol I admire his strength and ability to stay focused despite all these distraction tactics the right keeps pulling. I think we have more solid leadership at the top from democrats than we give them credit for. Nancy is queen.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        totally agree about Schiff. he isn’t falling for the playground insults they keep throwing at him. dealing with the facts, that’s all he has to do to clap back.

    • Tate says:

      Ken locked up his twitter account. This little Magat stunt has resulted in him forever being the titanic meme with trump.

    • carey says:

      THIS is what kept me up last night so upset. I can not understand how you could be a human being that did not understand the complete horror this president has brought to the world. I do not understand how you decide to go. I do not understand how you become a spectacle and laugh and further the hate that hat encapsulates. I am stunned. and so sad.

      • lisa says:

        I get how they could go. These guys are young and dumb. All they’ve ever done is train to be a professional athlete. They don’t have hobbies, they don’t watch the news, they don’t volunteer, they don’t have any awareness of the world – every minute is focused on the sport. I can believe that Suzuki is totally clueless and actually surprised at the world’s response.

  3. Busyann says:

    I think its funny that the local news stations here reported it a bit on the evening news yesterday, but didn’t show the video and now it seems like they’re avoiding it all together and simply talking about the things other players like Ryan Zimmerman said. I kind of understand why they went, they are playing baseball in the nations capital, but I think Suzuki was wrong for what he did. I hope the media and other Nats players distance themselves from Suzuki’s antics. It’s been such a happy, and festive week here since they won and Suzuki kind of tarnished that a bit.

    • MC2 says:

      I think Suzuki screwed the other players. The next guy simply said he was happy to go to the capital since they won the game and be at the white house, but since Suzuki pulled that stunt, it all left a horrible taste in mouths. Without Suzuki doing that, it wouldn’t have looked so bad. I hope he always forever feels that awkward hug in his soul.

  4. heygingersnaps says:

    It’s embarrassing to see someone debased themselves for (I don’t know) validation? recognition?

    • Meghan says:

      I also thought that perhaps this guy just wants the attention that comes along with a stunt like this? I don’t follow baseball so I know exactly 0 players who are currently playing on ANY team, but now i know Doolittle and Suzuki (for different reasons).

    • Aliyah says:

      He probably just has his own groups that he’s insensitive to himself, which is why he could do something like this.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    Suzuki was born in Hawaii. I assume from that photo Trump is frisking him, looking for his birth certificate.

    How sad, to follow a World Series win with such a disgusting display. He should be ashamed of himself.

  6. TeamAwesome says:

    I keep reading that Trump is headed to my state this weekend to show up at the Alabama vs LSU game, I assume because a southern football game audience should be safe for his fragile ego. The Tuscaloosa area is already a cluster cuss during games, and this one is so bad we had to reschedule a family birthday because there will be no easy way in and out of the city because of fan traffic. Add in a motorcade and I imagine it will be a nightmare. Mess up the game experience and may get booed after all.

    • Jerusha says:

      Even worse news-Pedo Moore is filing to run for Senate again. It might be amusing slightly to see the Rethug candidates savage each other, but I fear the slick douchebag Bradley Byrne will come out on top. It’ll be an uphill battle next year.

      But, anyway, fingers crossed for some boos on Saturday. Roll Tide and Geaux Tigers(I went to both UA and LSU).

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I love that you said “cluster cuss”…I think I’m going to start using that when I’m in “fancy” company.

      • TeamAwesome says:

        It’s from Fantastic Mr. Fox! All of the curse words are adjusted thusly, but cluster cuss is my favorite!

      • whatWHAT? says:

        oh, that’s right! I remember that now. great movie, so much fun and silliness.

    • Kelly says:

      My sister and I were wondering after his ego being bruised last week at two sporting events last week which college football game he would decide to go to. Given that there are a lot of interesting and important games in November, he would have many options. We both figured he’d avoid the Big 10 games, both because of the colder weather and the equally chilly reception he’d be likely to receive both in the cities and at the stadiums.

      I can’t imagine that either Nick Saban or Ed Orgeron are happy with the news of his presence at the game. It’s one more distraction for them and their players to have to deal with.

    • Susannah says:

      Sorry, you’re going to be stuck with the Trump traffic mess. He’s just going to keep attending game after game and arriving at venue after venue, trying to get a crowd that won’t boo him! It’s pathetic but expected from Trump.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Dammit. What frakking hole do his jock strap supporters crawl out of? And then whip out complete blanket ignorance and embrace the refuse with similar greasy grifter treasonous hands with a side of shifty compliance smiles. I’d rather have Gaius Baltar take over than give orange fecal one more second in front of cameras.

  8. Eyfalia says:

    What is Trump searching for with his hands on the first pic.?

  9. TIFFANY says:

    You know what it really sad, Suzuki might actually have a relative alive that survived the internment camps. So to think they see him doing this.

    If you cannot think of your family…..

    This is horrible.

  10. Sonya says:

    Rich assholes mostly flock together, no matter their background.

    • ME says:

      That seems to be true in many cases. A lot of rich people love Trump because of the tax breaks he gives them.

    • Estonian Bot says:

      Exactly. It’s not only white people who put money before social justice. This is why economic inequality needs to be front and centre at the next election.

  11. DK says:

    There’s also a video out there of Strasburg finishing a speech, trump extending his hand and strasburg walking away without shaking it.

    • Prettykrazee says:

      He’s already denied it using #Fakenews.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I saw that and had a moment of glee but it seems he just didn’t see Trump’s hand and went back to shake it later. But…the look on Trump’s face when he thought he’d been dissed was very real and it was priceless. Even if only for a moment.

  12. Scal says:

    Man that picture of trump grabbing manboobs makes me miss deadspin.

    It would be a hilarious meme if it wasn’t so gross. Remember when we had class in the White House?

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      RIP Deadspin and good for them for walking out, unlike these guys. I’m guessing this guy is not Indigenous Hawaiian since Orange Fuhrer decided it’ s not Native American Heritage Month, but american history and founders month. Although he did decide to go and likely wouldn’t care. I do remember when we had presidential-ness in the DC.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        Not just not Native American month, but celebrate the Founders month. Ugh, he is such a troll!

    • Sara says:

      Right? What a time for Deadspin to have died. I would have loved to read their take on this.

  13. Enn says:

    I like when trash shows itself so I know what I’m working with.

    Still love my Eagles for refusing to go.

  14. Bubbled says:

    This is so disappointing. But NO to the Axis powers joke.

  15. Prairiegirl says:

    Next time an athlete has something bad to say about Trump or the GOP, or something good to say about literally anyone or any idea on the left, I don’t wanna hear “Keep politics out of sport!” Sports has ALWAYS been political (see: the Olympics).

    Thank you for coming to my TED talk.

  16. Betsy says:

    I heard the guy suffered a concussion. As someone who has had a couple, literally: perhaps it was brain damage that made him think this was a good idea.

  17. TheOriginalMia says:

    I choose to applaud the ones who didn’t go. Those are the ones with principles.

  18. Teebee says:

    Dumpster’s desperation for any form of validation is a sight to see. I cling to moments like this, as disheartening as they be. The athlete is probably caught up in the moment, and i am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he lives in a privileged bubble and therefore is just excited to meet a president as a national champion and generally has no political awareness.

    But Dumpster’s sheer relief and ridiculous expression of this relief, to clasp this man with such pathetic lack of regard for the occasion, he’s the fucking POTUS and is acting like a wallflower finally asked to dance, on a national stage…well I think this moment is far more revealing than we’re granting it.

  19. Lowercaselila says:

    Ken Suziki can support whoever he wishes, even though I disagree with his taste. But I found the whole thing odd and uncomfortable the way Trump grabbed him from behind. Weird. I am sure the rest of the National team will torture him about it.

  20. DiegoInSF says:

    Doesn’t he look just like jr? I thought it was him with that stupid hat on.

  21. Sara says:

    There are a small handful of Trumpers on Twitter who think this was just such a great moment for the Orange Disgrace. They praise his acting like a toddler. “The baseball man put on my very special red hat and so I gave him a hug that was thiiiiiiis big!” Good God, why is this not embarrassing af to them?

  22. bettyrose says:

    Did anyone else hear Gloria Steinem on NPR this weekend talking about life for women in the 50s? I realize it’s the height of white feminism to complain about life in the gilded cage, but nevertheless that’s the time period celebrated by the above red hat. A time when married women gave up all individual legal rights, and unmarried women had few options outside minimum wage jobs, societal scorn, and the risks of sex with substandard birth control options.

    • Anne Call says:

      For me what says it all, is that after graduating from Stanford Law Sandra O’Connor had to work as a secretary because no law firms would hire a women back in her day. We have come a long way, baby (and we need to come a lot further).

  23. JanetFerber says:

    You know you hate a man when his three-quarter profile makes you barf.

  24. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Suzuki is getting a lot of backlash over this in the Hawaii press. The thing is, long-term, only the people in Hawaii will remember who Kurt is, or care what products he endorses. If he burns those bridges now, it will hurt him in the long run. People in Hawaii don’t want a celebrity who wears MAGA hats, and people on the mainland who DO wear those hats, won’t want Kurt.

    • bettyrose says:

      Mrs. Krabapple:

      So well said. So many Trump supporters like this sucking up to a population that won’t ever accept them anyway. TF?

  25. The Recluse says:

    And now the Nationals are jinxed? Remember, everything Trump touches dies.

  26. holly hobby says:

    Wasn’t there another player who thanked the orange turd for keeping the country safe? I don’t follow baseball but i distinctly saw that clip on Twitter along with the manhandling of Suzuki. Oh well Nats are cursed now.

  27. adastraperaspera says:

    The booing fans were accused of making baseball “political.” Suzuki said, “hold my beer.” Hope he liked the breast massage he got from Trump.

  28. Reece says:

    I was going to leave a comment about 45′s history of grabbing things but I’ll keep it to myself.

  29. Tutu says:

    Suzuki is a complete embarrassment to ALL Hawaiians. His great grandparents were immigrants and this fool thought it was “fun” to wear a MAGA hat and throw his Shaka. Not only did he shame his family as a 4th generation Japanese man, he shamed the values of Hawaii Nei and the island of Maui. He should be deported. I wish he could. Maybe to the Deep South somewhere where he can hang with his republican buddies. He is not welcome here.