Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Red Sox honoured by Trump but manager, several stars boycott

Red Sox honoured by Trump but manager, several stars boycott

Defending 2019 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, visited President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday.

"It's really not great optics to have so many teammates and front office members not openly supporting the manager, who has been very clear about why he's not going, as a Puerto Rican who feels like the Trump administration and White House really let down Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria", said de la Cretaz. "I watched", said Trump, skipping any mention of Cora or the absent players by name at the ceremony that lasted about 10 minutes.

In September 2017, several months after the team won the 2017 National Basketball Association championship, Trump rescinded his invitation to the team to visit the White House in honor of their win.

The White House sent out notes on the ceremony, apparently thinking the Red Sox had won the World Cup AND the World Series. Left unsaid were the almost a dozen Red Sox members - including manager Alex Cora, A.L. MVP Mookie Betts, and unlikely World Series hero David Price - who skipped the event.

"Alex Cora has confirmed newspaper report he will not make the trip to meet the president". McCammond said people are exhausted of it, and people want things that are less politicized. "If you want to go or you don't want to go, that's your decision".

"No, I think we were honored by it", Werner said.

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"He's doing well this year", Trump said. "On Friday, we get back and we get back to playing baseball".

"I think I'll be a neutral in this one", joked Trump, a noted Yankees fan who was close friends with the Bronx Bombers' late owner George Steinbrenner.

The Sox are off to a lukewarm start this year, though Mr. Trump marveled over starting pitcher Chris Sale, saying he struck out 14 in eight innings versus the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. He also poked fun at Trump for being a fan of their rivals, the New York Yankees. "There's a group that is going to the White House".

Moreover, the optics of the Red Sox visit are certain to receive additional scrutiny due to the history of racially charged moments for both the team and the city it calls home.

The Red Sox, infamously, held a failed tryout for Jackie Robinson before he broke the sport's color barrier.

Boston has battled their way back by winning eight of their last ten, winning all three series since they were swept in a rain-shortened two-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. And an Elks Club in the team's former spring training home of Winter Haven, Florida, invited only white players to events, a practice that stopped only in the 1980s, when black players complained.

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