The Boston Red Sox have accepted the White House invitation after winning the World Series.
The team managed to take a win in one of their most dominating series in recent MLB history, after defeating the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers, winning 108 games in total.
Given that the traditional visits to the White house have become politicized in the recent years, it wasn’t clear whether the team would accept the invitation from President Donald Trump, as several champion sports team have either declined or had their invitations rescind due to disagreeing with the president’s policies.
The Golden State Warriors turned down a White House invitation after their 2017 NBA win and they are unlikely to receive another one after the 2018 NBA championship.
The 2018 Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles haven’t visited the White House as well as several college teams, including the 2017 North Carolina basketball team.
On the other hand, many winning teams have decided to meet Trump and celebrate their success at the White House, including the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, the 2017 Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, and the 2017 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sam Kennedy, the team’s president, said that the Red Sox’s coach and players deserve recognition.
“Like in the past, it’s an invitation. It’s not a mandatory command performance,” Kennedy told The Boston Globe.
“It’s a great opportunity for the players, an invitation for the players and ownership. It’s a great opportunity for those guys to go to the White House and get the behind-the-scenes tour and get the recognition they deserve for the world championship,” he said.
Sam Kennedy on Red Sox' upcoming White House visit: "It’s a great opportunity for those guys to go to the White House and get the behind-the-scenes tour and get the recognition they deserve for the world championship.” https://t.co/Isd2gZgZG0 pic.twitter.com/sJ16Ph5VPS
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) December 4, 2018
Alexa Cora, Boston’s manager, will also attend the ceremony.
Earlier this year, Cora lambasted the president for questioning the death toll from Hurricane Maria, calling his comments “disrespectful,” as MassLive reported.
“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,” Cora said at the time.
People mad at the Red Sox going to the White House need to grow up. Whether you respect the President or not, the ballclub is doing the classy and right thing! #redsox
— N. Face (@FacetheFacts15) December 4, 2018
“I’m going to use my platform the right way,” Cora said. “I’m not going to embarrass anybody. Actually I’m going to represent probably 4 million people from back home the right way when we go there. Yes, I will go.”
The Globe reported that Red Socks is expected to visit the White House in February, March or April of next year, according to the team’s president.