Politics Mixes With Baseball Playoffs As Dodgers Player Refuses To Stay In Trump Hotel
As this year's US presidential campaign hots up to be the nastiest, most deeply divided one since perhaps the Civil War in the 1860s, the all-American sport of baseball - once thought to be the ultimate uniter of Americans - has also become involved in the rancor when it turns out that earlier in the season the Los Angeles Dodgers player Adrian Gonzalez refused to stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago.
While the rest of the team stayed at the luxury hotel back in May when LA flew to the Windy City to play four matches against the Chicago Cubs, Gonzalez demanded that his team find him alternative accommodations. Telling reporters this week about the episode, Gonzalez simply said that he "had his reasons" for not wanting to set foot in any place that has the Trump name over the door.
This is all coming up now, of course, as the Dodgers are back in Chicago right now to face the Cubs in the playoffs for the World Series. This time around, none of the team are staying at Trump's hotel.
Without defining his reasons, Gonzalez, a Mexican-American born in Tijuana, said, “You can draw your own conclusions [as to why he didn't stay at the Trump International]. They’re probably right.”