Trump Honors Red Sox, Several Skip White House Event On Racial Lines

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Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora, at Least 9 Players Skipping White House Visit

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox are set to visit the White House to commemorate them winning the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the Patriots have not been able to find a date that works yet. 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".

The event was held on the South Portico of the White House, as fans of the team gathered to watch the celebration. Four of their previous five visits have come in April, and the 2004 visit came on May 10.

President Donald Trump listens as Red Sox owner John Henry speaks during a ceremony welcoming the 2018 World Series baseball champions to the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, Washington.

The team's current owners have also launched a program promoting inclusion called "Take the Lead", and they have taken a zero-tolerance stance against racist fans, banning offenders for life. "Think about it, all the stuff that has been going on since he took office".

"Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting". Trump disinvited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in 2017 and the NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 after black members of both teams said they wouldn't meet him following their victories. But all of the team's white players attended.

Cora was born in Puerto Rico and has criticised the Trump administration's relief efforts following Maria. In fact, NPR reports that every white player attended "while nearly every person of color who wears a Sox uniform opted out". "I think it's more of what is going on", Ortiz said. Cora said he did not "feel comfortable" celebrating at the White House.

But a good number of the Boston Red Sox don't plan on attending, and a former player is offering solidarity.

Those around the Red Sox locker room stressed that a player's decision to attend was a personal choice and not, in many cases, political.

Prominent Republican attorney George Conway continued his habit of ribbing President Donald Trump on Twitter on Thursday. And almost a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump's hand. Trump has also instituted a new tradition for the ceremonies, scrapping gourmet meals in favor of offering plates of fast food to athletes.

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