Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was too busy celebrating his team’s World Series win to talk about politics. When asked whether the Red Sox will visit the White House, Cora put off the question, saying the team would “talk about it later on,” according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
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The Golden State Warriors did not visit Trump in the White House following their NBA finals wins in 2017 and 2018. LeBron James called Trump a “bum” after the president pulled the Warriors’ invite in 2017. Had the Cleveland Cavaliers won the title last season, James said the team would not have gone to the White House. The Philadelphia Eagles never settled on a date, and then were disinvited over the kneeling controversy in the NFL.
That trend hasn’t extended to baseball just yet. Both the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros visited the White House following their World Series victories.
Cora — who was born in Puerto Rico — has been critical of Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria. In September, Cora called Trump’s comments regarding the destruction caused by the hurricane “disrespectful.” Trump said the hurricane resulted in “6 to 18 deaths.” Studies estimated the death toll was near 3,000.
Following the Red Sox’s World Series win, Cora expressed a desire to take the trophy to Puerto Rico so he could show it off in the island.
Cora and the Red Sox have some time to come to a decision. The Astros didn’t announce their trip to the White House until January and did not visit until March.
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