Astros accept President Trump’s invitation to visit White House

The World Series champions are going to Washington D.C.

Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan acknowledged Wednesday that Houston is "honored" by formally receiving an invite to the White House and that they will accept it.

When they will trek to the nation's capital to take part in a ceremony President Trump has helped politicize since taking office is not clear yet.

"This is a tradition and an honor. For many people, this might be their only time to ever be invited to the White House," Ryan told the Houston Chronicle. "And as the representatives of baseball and the World Series champs, when the White House calls and invites you to come up, it's something that as an organization we felt both a responsibility and an obligation to be part of."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex TrautwigMLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Carlos Correa #1 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Jose Altuve #27, Marwin Gonzalez #9 and Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Marwin Gonzalez #9, Alex Bregman #2, Jose Altuve #27, and Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Alex Bregman #2 and Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros celebrates with fiancee Kate Upton after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros holds the Commissioner's Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Kevin Burhardt of FOX interviews 2017 Willie Mays World Series MVP George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros after he is presented with the MVP trophy after Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates on the field after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Alex Bregman #2 and Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dogdgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Members of the Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Members of the Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Justin Verlander #35, Jose Altuve #27, and Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros hold the Commissioner's Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The team is planning on making an official announcement that includes details about the visit by the end of January.

Houston does have off from Grapefruit League action between March 12 and March 20.

The Astros will join the Cubs as the second baseball team to visit Trump's White House.

Chicago went while Obama was still in office following their 2016 World Series win and then again after Trump was sworn in.

The reigning NBA champion Warriors were quite open about not wanting to visit the White House, so Trump publicly uninvited them.

North Carolina's men's basketball team did not visit either, citing scheduling issues.

Related: Inside the Pittsburgh Penguins' visit to the White House:

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Hockey Hall of Fame staff member Mike Bolt holds the Stanley Cup while a White House worker cuts a piece of felt for it to rest upon before President Donald Trump welcomes the NHL (National Hockey League) champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Hockey Hall of Fame staff member Mike Bolt holds the Stanley Cup while a White House worker prepares a piece of felt for it to rest upon before President Donald Trump welcomes the NHL (National Hockey League) champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald Trump delivers a speech during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2017, honouring the Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup victory. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump delivers a speech during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2017, honouring the Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup victory. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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South Carolina's women's basketball squad, last year's tournament winners, received their invitation to celebrate at the White House a day before the November event.

They declined.

Months prior, Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley expressed her discontent that the Gamecocks — who won the title back in March — had not yet received an invitation to the White House.

"We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes," she said. "We won before those other teams won their championships. I don't know what else has to happen."

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