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

Aug 7, 2023, 11:36 AM | Updated: 1:50 pm

President Joe Biden poses for a photo during an event celebrating the 2022 World Series champion Ho...

President Joe Biden poses for a photo during an event celebrating the 2022 World Series champion Houston Astros baseball team in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — At 73, Dusty Baker became the oldest manager ever to win the World Series when the Houston Astros took the title last year. On Monday at a White House celebration for the team, President Joe Biden said he could relate.

“People counted you out saying you were past your prime. Hell, I know something about that,” joked Biden, who in 2020 became the oldest president ever elected, at age 77. Biden, now 80, is running for reelection in 2024.

Baker has been around the game for decades. He won a World Series as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers and had been to the Fall Classic twice before as a manager. He finally got his first title in his 25th season as a manager. The win came 20 years after a near-miss, when he came within five outs while guiding the San Francisco Giants.

“I remember rooting for him as a kid, and I was older than he was,” Biden quipped.

Baker, now 74, spent the past three seasons with the Astros after they hired him to help the team regain credibility after a sign-stealing scandal cost manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and made Houston the most reviled team in baseball.

Baker, like Biden, is working on a repeat and says he wants to be back in the White House next year after winning the title again.

The team presented Biden, the 46th president, with an honorary jersey with the number 46. The MLB trophy was on display during the ceremony in the East Room, where the team also posed for photos.

The Astros won last year’s World Series over the National League’s Philadelphia Phillies — whose fans include first lady Jill Biden. The president often jokes that he must root for the Phillies or else he’ll be sleeping alone. He joked on Monday that he wouldn’t be able to set foot in Philadelphia again after hosting the Astros.

This season the Astros are not doing too badly, either. They hold an American League wild-card spot and are 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers in the AL West. The team begins a three-game series in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Among the players in attendance was Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña, who was the World Series MVP as a rookie, the first time a new player won the coveted award.

Baker praised his team during the ceremony.

“They always believed in themselves, prior to me even coming here — that they had the ability to win,” he said. “And they show what perseverance and character can do.”

Besides baseball, Biden spoke of the team’s support for survivors of the Uvalde, Texas, massacre. Last May, a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde. Later that summer, the team chartered 10 buses and brought hundreds of people from Uvalde for a game against the Oakland Athletics.

“I think you athletes underestimate how much hope you give,” said Biden, turning to the team standing on risers behind him. Sports may seem to be only about winning, but that’s not true of the best teams.”

“At best it lifts people up and brings them together and helps them be there for each other.”


Long reported from Chicago.

United States News

Associated Press

University of Maryland bus hits light pole, sending 27 to hospitals

COLLEGE PARK, MD. (AP) — A University of Maryland bus crashed Wednesday morning, injuring 27 people, emergency officials said. The bus hit a light pole at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and University Boulevard in College Park, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS posted on social media. Crews took 27 people to hospitals with minor injuries. Details […]

6 minutes ago

Associated Press

Nichols College president resigns amid allegations of misconduct at Coast Guard Academy

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — A former Coast Guard Academy professor whose tenure coincided with a sexual harassment scandal has resigned as president of Nichols College in Massachusetts. Glenn Sulmasy stepped down Tuesday amid an investigation initiated by Nichols after accusations from Sulmasy’s time at the academy came to light. “In light of these reports and […]

37 minutes ago

Associated Press

Google packs more artificial intelligence into new Pixel phones, raises prices for devices by $100

Google on Wednesday unveiled a next-generation Pixel smartphones lineup that will be infused with more with more artificial intelligence tools capable of writing captions about photos that can be altered by the technology, too. The injection of more artificial intelligence, or AI, into Google’s products marks another step in the company’s attempt to bring more […]

39 minutes ago

Associated Press

Who are the 2023 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellows?

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 2023 class of fellows, often known as recipients of the “genius grant,” on Wednesday. The 20 fellows will each receive a grant of $800,000 over five years to spend however they want, though they are selected for the exceptional work they’ve already done, their ability […]

55 minutes ago

This undated photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation shows 2023 MacArth...

Associated Press

Meet this year’s MacArthur ‘genius grant’ recipients, including a hula master and the poet laureate

A scientist who studies the airborne transmission of diseases, a master hula dancer and cultural preservationist, and the sitting U.S. poet laureate were among the 20 new recipients of the prestigious fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, known as “genius grants,” announced on Wednesday. MacArthur fellows receive a grant of $800,000 […]

56 minutes ago

This is the message U.S. cellphone customers see during testing of the federal emergency alert syst...

Associated Press

What to expect Wednesday when federal government tests emergency alerts

Here's what to expect if you have a cellphone or are watching TV when the federal government tests its emergency alert system Wednesday.

2 hours ago

Sponsored Articles



Importance of AC maintenance after Arizona’s excruciating heat wave

An air conditioning unit in Phoenix is vital to living a comfortable life inside, away from triple-digit heat.


Ignite Digital

How to unlock the power of digital marketing for Phoenix businesses

All businesses around the Valley hopes to maximize their ROI with current customers and secure a greater market share in the digital sphere.



When most diets fail, re:vitalize makes a difference that shows

Staying healthy and losing weight are things many people in Arizona are conscious of, especially during the summer.

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