White House Welcomes the Boston 'Red Socks'

Florence Fletcher
May 10, 2019

- Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.

And now he finds himself in the middle of the typical Washington partisan battle.

President Trump and "team leadership" participated in a photo-op at 3:30 p.m. followed by an event on the South Lawn. "One hundred percent, you're going to be pissed off if you're on one side or the other", he said.

"There's a lot of suffering going on over there", Warren added.

With their fifth win in six games, the Red Sox reached.500 (19-19) for the first time since they were 1-1.

Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, has been critical of the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria and said, given the circumstances, he didn't "feel comfortable celebrating in the White House".

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The White House mistakenly referred to the team as the Boston Red "Socks" in its public schedule Thursday, causing a brief round of derision on social media.

And an already-controversial visit has resulted in another embarrassing moment for White House staffers who run the government HQ's official website. Cora had considered attending Thursday's White House event to call attention to the plight of those in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria is estimated to have caused almost 3,000 deaths. But particularly after Sale signed a five-year, $145 million extension this offseason, much more was expected, and at least through April, the results looked disastrous: a 6.30 ERA in 30 innings pitched, with 32 strikeouts and seven homers allowed. The MLB team has been known as the "Red Sox" since 1908 and the Atlanta Braves were previously known as the "Boston Braves" and the "Boston Red Stockings", but no baseball team has ever spelled its name as "socks".

"Politically, it didn't matter who was in the White House. I'd rather not go and be consistent with everything".

It seems that having the latter sewn directly onto the home uniforms wasn't enough of a helpful hint for the White House. It also reflects a larger trend across baseball: A number of players hail from Trump-friendly states like Texas and Florida, while the sport has also seen a surge in Latino players and a decline in African-Americans. But the events have taken on sharp political overtones since Trump took office. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors declined an invitation after winning the title in 2017 and the 2018 National Football League champion Philadelphia Eagles did the same.

The Red Sox, who won the World Series previous year, told local media beforehand there was no ill will between the players who chose to meet Mr Trump and those who would skip the event.

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