Stephen Strasburg uses first tweet in 18 months to deny he left President Trump hanging


Washington Nationals pitcher and World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg isn’t what you would call an active Twitter user.

Before Monday, the notoriously quiet Strasburg hadn’t tweeted since April 19, 2018, when he thanked a movie theater for an early screening of “Super Troopers2,” a movie the Nationals apparently enjoyed. Since then, even amid the team’s thrilling World Series run, it has been online silence for Strasburg.

But then someone accused him of snubbing President Donald Trump on a handshake attempt.

‘Fake news’: Strasburg refutes Trump snub

An awkward interaction with Trump following his comments during the Nationals’ White House visit resulted in many people joking that Strasburg, an impending free agent, had left the president hanging.

One such video circulating on Twitter caught the attention of the pitcher himself, who fired off his first tweet in 18 months to refute the emerging narrative. His choice of words: one of the president’s most popular catchphrases.

Of course, looking at the tape, Strasburg might have a point.

The original video quote-tweeted by Strasburg is no longer available after the user made his account private — much like Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki did after donning a MAGA hat and getting accidentally groped by Trump — but the one below captures the gist of it.

Strasburg turns away from the podium, seems to ignore Trump’s outstretched hand and hugs Nationals manager Davey Martinez instead.

That might look like a snub, but that story is undermined by a few seconds of video left out by many Twitter users, in which Strasburg shakes Trump’s hand.

Obviously, this is all a bit ridiculous. Given Trump’s track record with athletes visiting or not visiting the White House, it might also be predictable.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, center, speaks in front of first lady Melania Trump, from left, President Donald Trump, manager Dave Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo during an event to honor the 2019 World Series champion Nationals baseball team at the White House, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Stephen Strasburg wants the world to know he definitely didn't leave President Trump hanging. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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