President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox - well, some of them - at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit. Roughly a third of the team skipped the event in protest. "If I have an opportunity to go to the White House and meet the president, I'm going to go", relief pitcher Heath Hembree said Wednesday.
"I talked to Alex about it", Werner said. Yes, that's right, red ones.
Much of the talk before and during the event focused on the apparent racial divide on the Red Sox, with numerous team's minority members, including manager Alex Cora and 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts, passing on the appearance. Manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, decided not to attend because of Trump's stance toward aid for the island since it was devastated in 2017 by Hurricane Maria. "And my absence [from the White House] is no different". But while doing so, the White House committed multiple errors. But it comes as the ball club has been making great efforts to live down its reputation as a racist organization, a legacy that owner John Henry has said has "haunted" the team.
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. The White House initially spelled the team nickname incorrectly, calling the Red Sox the "Red Socks".
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"Politically, it didn't matter who was in the White House". Martinez, who is of Cuban descent - attended.
"A very special group of people", said the Republican president.
If he was one the team, Red Sox legend David Ortiz would be another player who wouldn't be going on this trip.
Earlier this week, he welcomed golfer Tiger Woods to the White House to bestow him with the Medal of Freedom.
But some team members tied their decisions to Trump.