Red Sox, the World Series Champs, Formally Accept White House Invitation
After much speculation, baseball team says it will meet with Trump at some time in the future — and leftists are angry
After many questions and weeks of wondering, the Boston Red Sox revealed that they will, in fact, be making a White House trip — at some point. (Second baseman Dustin Pedtroia is shown above left.)
Although an official date has not been worked out yet, team president and CEO Sam Kennedy told reporters on Monday night that MLB’s 2018 World Series champs had not only been invited to the White House but had accepted the invitation.
Kennedy said the Red Sox would like to go on an off-day during spring training, or as part as of one of their road trips during a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
While the team will make the trip, Kennedy said individual players will decide whether or not they attend.
“[As] in the past, it’s an invitation,” Kennedy told reporters on Monday night.
“It’s not [mandatory]. It’s a great opportunity for the players and for ownership. It’s a great opportunity for those guys to go to the White House, get a behind-the-scenes tour, and get the recognition they deserve for a world championship.”
Team manager Alex Cora made clear he will be in attendance, even though he’s not President Donald Trump’s biggest fan.
Cora, a Puerto Rico native, said he plans to use his platform “the right way” when making the trip.
“I’m not gonna embarrass anybody,” Cora told reporters. “Actually, I’m gonna represent four million people from back home the right way when we go there.”
Previously, Cora had called one of Trump’s tweets about the Hurricane Maria death toll “disrespectful.”
Relief pitcher Heath Hembree also confirmed he would attend before the team was even invited, telling TMZ recently, “Hell yeah! I f*** with Trump!”
The Red Sox seem to be taking a respectful approach to this White House visit.
Team owner John Henry — who also owns the left-leaning Boston Globe — and Cora, who is not a big Trump fan, are willing to accept the invite despite their differences of political opinion with the president.
Even so, not everyone in the team’s New England-centric fan base feels the same way.
Some leftists have threatened to boycott the team if they visit the White House and meet with the president.
— David Buck (@buckscience) December 4, 2018
I am disgusted, as a Red Sox fan, that the team is going to the White House. I can not wait to see who declines the offer to go.
— Łee 💬 (@_leecmorgan) December 4, 2018
Bad move on their part. I'm hoping a lot of the players skip it.
— Gail M 🌊❄️☮ (@gem225) December 4, 2018
So basically they are saying they are ok with hanging out with liars, White Nationalist and sexual predators. Yeah not a good look for them
— Mo-Mo (@lupaPadmae35) December 4, 2018
The Red Sox will be the third straight MLB team to visit President Trump’s White House. The Chicago Cubs (2016 champs) and Houston Astros (2017 champs) visited after they won their respective World Series titles.
In recent years, certain teams have politicized their White House invitations, most notably the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles, who refused to visit after their Super Bowl championship and the Golden State Warriors, who made it clear they did not want to visit after winning the NBA championship in 2017.
When they won the championship again this year, they were not invited to the White House.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.