President Joe Biden praised the healing effect of sports on American society during the White House visit for the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week. The Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals in a four-game series in the nation’s capital. During the visit, Biden spoke on the profound impact sports had on the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
“When the season began it was easy to feel like we had bigger things to worry about than just sports. And of course we did and we still do,” Biden said. “But I think what we discovered is we need sports more than we ever realized.”
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris met the team, got custom Dodgers jerseys and took the traditional photo op with the squad. As he commented on sports, Biden specifically commended the work of Dodger Stadium, which is one of the many MLB ballparks offering COVID vaccinations to fans.
“Not only does Dodger Stadium host world champions, it helps save lives and strengthen our democracy as well,” Biden said.
Biden also mentioned baseball as a particularly unifying force in U.S. society. ‘America’s pastime’ is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, he observed.
“We see it now as fans return to ballparks and arenas all across the country, cheering on their favorite teams and players and sharing that sense of community and pride. It’s a uniting feature,” Biden said as he noted the influence of the Dodgers organization. “The Dodgers are a lot more than a baseball club, they really are. They’re a pillar of American culture and American progress, and that’s for real.”
Los Angeles is in the midst of a great season as they attempt to recapture the World Series Title. They sit at 51-31 on the year, second in the NL West to the San Francisco Giants. The Nationals have also risen in the standings, going from last place in the NL East to second over the course of June. Washington is 40-40 on the season as they take on the Dodgers this weekend.