President Biden hosts Astros, says he can relate to Dusty Baker, oldest manager to win World Series

by Michael Nguyen
President Biden

President Biden hosted the Houston Astros at the White House, celebrating their World Series win, and made a connection with Dusty Baker, the oldest manager to ever win the title. At the age of 73, Baker led the Astros to victory last season, and at the event, Biden, now 80, remarked that he could understand what it’s like to be considered past one’s prime. The president himself holds the distinction of being the oldest person ever elected to the office and is seeking re-election in 2024.

Having been involved with baseball for many years, Baker clinched his first World Series title in his 25th season as a manager. He previously won a World Series as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers and had come close to winning twice before as a manager. Reflecting on Baker’s lengthy career, Biden humorously noted that he used to root for him when he was younger, despite being older than Baker himself.

Baker, currently 74, joined the Astros three seasons ago, following a scandal that cost the previous manager and general manager their positions. Like Biden, he is aiming for a repeat and hopes to be back at the White House after winning another title.

During the ceremony, the team presented the 46th president with a jersey bearing the number 46, and the MLB trophy was displayed. The Astros’ triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies in last year’s World Series was particularly notable as the first lady is a Phillies fan, prompting the president to joke about his divided loyalties.

The Astros are maintaining a competitive position this season, holding a wild-card spot and trailing the Texas Rangers by just 2 1/2 games in the AL West. Rookie Jeremy Peña, the first new player to win the World Series MVP award, was present at the ceremony, where Baker commended his team’s belief, perseverance, and character.

Beyond the sport, Biden expressed gratitude for the Astros’ support of the Uvalde, Texas community, which was devastated by a tragic shooting last year. The team’s efforts to uplift the community by hosting hundreds of residents at a game exemplified the true spirit of sports, according to the president. Rather than just focusing on winning, Biden stressed that the best teams lift people up, unite them, and foster a sense of support and connection.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about President Biden

Who hosted the Houston Astros for their World Series win celebration?

President Joe Biden hosted the Houston Astros at the White House to celebrate their World Series victory.

How old was Dusty Baker when he became the oldest manager to win the World Series?

Dusty Baker was 73 years old when he became the oldest manager ever to win the World Series.

What did the Astros present to President Biden during the celebration?

The Astros presented President Biden, the 46th president, with an honorary jersey with the number 46.

What did President Biden say about the role of sports, beyond just winning?

President Biden emphasized that sports are about more than just winning; at their best, they lift people up, bring them together, and foster support and connection.

How did the Astros show support for the survivors of the Uvalde, Texas massacre?

The Astros chartered 10 buses and brought hundreds of people from Uvalde for a game against the Oakland Athletics, showing support for the community after the tragic event.

Who was the World Series MVP from the Astros and what was unique about his win?

Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña was the World Series MVP as a rookie, marking the first time a new player won the coveted award.

Is President Biden running for reelection?

Yes, President Joe Biden, now 80, is running for reelection in 2024.

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BaseballFan101 August 8, 2023 - 8:44 am

The way Biden and Baker can relate is so cool! Oldest President and oldest manager. History in the making right there.

Sam1987 August 8, 2023 - 4:10 pm

that support for the Uvalde community is touching. Sports teams should do more of that, kudos to the Astros for setting an example.

JamesT August 8, 2023 - 11:16 pm

Wow! The Astros really did it. Biden is right; sports is about more than just winnin. lifts people up… good for them.

Mandy_S August 9, 2023 - 1:44 am

I’m still upset about that sign-stealing scandal but, guess its good to see the team bounce back? Dusty Baker is legend though!

Kelly_R August 9, 2023 - 2:52 am

Never thought I’d see Biden in an Astros jersey. What was that about sleeping alone if he roots against the Phillies? LOL!


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