Will the Boston Red Sox make a visit to the White House following their massive win in the World Series? Manager Alex Cora said following his team’s World Series win on Sunday that it’s to be determined whether the group will visit the White House.
“We’ll talk about it later on,” Cora said during a postgame press conference, according to NESN.
Team owner John Henry initially said Sunday that the team had not been invited to the White House, but followed up by saying he believes the team will go, according to NESN.
“I think we will,” Henry said. “This is a special team. We’ll see what they want to do, but I think so.”
Cora is a native of Puerto Rico and was critical of President Trump after he suggested without evidence that Democrats had inflated the death toll on the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Cora called the comments “disrespectful.”
“It’s a little bit frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming,” Cora said in September. “What’s the point? I respect him. He’s the president of the United States. But I don’t agree with a lot of stuff he says about us.”
The Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night to win the World Series, 4 games to 1. It is their fourth World Series victory since 2004.
White House visits use to be the norm for championship sports teams, but they have become less so during the Trump administration.
The Golden State Warriors have not visited the White House after either of their past two NBA championships. And the Philadelphia Eagles were disinvited after several of their players indicated they would not attend following their Super Bowl victory.
Last year’s World Series champions, the Houston Astros, visited the White House in March. Nearly the entire team attended. Do you think the Red Sox will do the same?