The World Series winners returned to the mound Sunday evening, where they received the first “paycheque” of the offseason, handed out to players as a thanks for winning the coveted title.
The Houston Astros took home $24.4 million in winning the 2018 World Series, which ended Oct. 23. Most, if not all, of that amount went to the players themselves after they were presented with their checks.
According to MLB.com, the award was reserved for a different player each game of the Series.
Some of those honored over the course of the tournament included Justin Verlander of the Game 4 winner, New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, and also Yankees player Jonathan Holder, who was called on to pitch in an emergency. The Seattle Mariners got Arodys Vizcaino from the Cubs in Game 7 after holding them scoreless in two games.
The Red Sox also had their pitcher, Chris Sale, recognized for pitching six scoreless innings, including three strikeouts, in Game 3. The new White Sox great Chris Sale also performed well in Games 2 and 5 after being activated in the latter game.
Once the Houston Astros won on Monday night, the rest of the stars, along with commissioner Rob Manfred, were shown a video, bringing in former Astros like Babe Ruth and Nolan Ryan, and providing an even cut of the World Series winnings.
And after that little fun moment at the ballpark, President Trump weighed in on another celebration, the resolution of the First Amendment case, U.S. v. Bauer, a constitutional challenge regarding the right to protest.
Houston Astros won the World Series this season – rally ball! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
Trump tweeted after the World Series win, but before Bauer’s case became well known, that the protesters should be advised that they cannot be arrested for doing what he and others did. He said the protesters must use the streets for protest, and not go into the streets where “elderly people and children play,” referring to the city’s baseball park.
The question of whether protesting on the streets of a city where children play would be illegal became a legal issue in June when protesters protested in front of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York, and then didn’t leave until the end of the game. They sang and chanted, the game went on, and several police arrests were made.
The group, Indivisible, has indicated that it will continue protests at Nationals Park next season, which means there will be more demonstrations on game days.