José Altuve had an awkward moment with Donald Trump at White House visit

Houston Astros star second baseman José Altuve always gets discounted for his height. It was the thing that made him a non-prospect in the eyes of the evaluators. And even though he’s made himself into one of the best players in the game, people still bring up his size.

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Sure enough, Altuve’s height was a topic during the team’s trip to meet President Donald Trump at the White House.

Trump mentions “the amazing José Altuve.” He then turns to acknowledge Altuve, shakes his hand, locks thumbs to bring things closer, pats him on the shoulder and says, “Much taller than I thought.” All the Astros behind Trump were standing on elevated platforms.

The exchange did draw a smile from most of the Astros, including Altuve. Getting him to smile should be considered a big accomplishment, as he spent most of the event looking less than enthused.

There’s more than just Altuve’s sullen expression, though. At the end of the event, Trump around and shook hands with members of the team. It looks as though Altuve was skipped.

It’s tough to tell who’s to blame there. Did Trump pass over Altuve due to his body language during the event? Or did Altuve refuse to extend his hand?

The whole thing was made even more awkward when you realize Altuve didn’t have to go. A few key Astros skipped out on the meeting, including shortstop Carlos Correa, designated hitter Carlos Beltran and reliever Ken Giles. Beltran said his reason for missing the trip wasn’t due to Trump. Both Correa and Giles had family obligations, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) congratulates Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve while celebrating the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks during an event in honor of 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros in the East Room of the White House on March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump poses with a jsersey persented to him by Josh Reddick (R) during an event in honor of 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros in the East Room of the White House on March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (R) watches U.S. President Donald Trump during a celebration of the team's World Series victory in the East Room of the White House March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump talked about Hurricane Harvey and the city and team's resilience in the face of the storm. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes the hand of Jose Altuve while meeting with the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event honouring baseball's 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Altuve is the face of the team, and was the World Series MVP. His absence would have been noted and required an explanation.

Altuve not going could have had other consequences as well. When Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go to the White House, Trump rescinded the invite, which set off a national firestorm that included LeBron James calling Trump a “bum.”

In the end, Altuve was there. And based on what happened, it makes you wonder if going to the event may draw more attention than if he had just skipped.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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