(NBC—Opinion) As President Donald Trump arrived at Sunday’s World Series game in Washington, D.C., the crowd’s reception was, for a moment, just white noise. Moments later, the boos emerged and as that kindling took light, chants of “Lock him up!” echoed throughout Nationals Park.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this week that Trump had offered to arrive after the game started and not throw out the first pitch to minimize distractions for fans at the stadium.

“His view was that in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible, he would arrive at Game 5 sometime after the game began, so that wouldn’t interfere with fans getting into the stadium. Quite frankly, we were very grateful for that,” Manfred told The Associated Press.