Trump International Hotel and Tower didn’t host the Los Angeles Dodgers on their stay in Chicago for Games 1-2 of the National League Championship Series, the skyscraper where the team stayed earlier in the season.
To be more precise, most of the Dodgers stayed there on that four-game trip to face the Cubs that began on May 30. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez had the team find him accommodations.
“I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez told the Southern California News Group. “I had my reasons.”
Gonzalez, whose solo homer proved to be the difference in the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 2 victory on Sunday, wouldn’t explicitly name Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as the reason he decided to go solo on the Dodgers’ last trip to the Windy City.
“We’re here to play baseball not talk politics,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez was born in San Diego, although spent his early childhood in Tijuana where his father owned an air-conditioning business. He also regularly plays for the Mexican national team, so it’s understandable why he may not be backing Trump on Nov. 8.
Trump’s “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it” line has been a regular part of his stump speech and he hardly endeared himself to Mexican-American voters when he announced his presidential run last year.
"They’re bringing drugs,” Trump said of Mexican immigrants. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump also took issue with a federal judge who is hearing a case filed against his defunct Trump University because he’s Mexican-American.
The hotel required a deposit to hold the rooms, and the Dodgers didn’t know until early Friday morning, after their victory against the Washington Nationals in the Division Series, that they’d need them.
The Dodgers found accommodations elsewhere.