With the Boston Red Sox scheduled to visit President Donald Trump on Thursday to celebrate their 2018 World Series win, the White House's official website posted a message in the morning welcoming the "Boston Red Socks" to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But the Patriots have not been able to find a date that works yet. Not all the Red Sox players went because they don't agree with Trump's political policies.
The White House may want to go ahead and fire its copy editors, or at least those in charge of overseeing press releases in their communication department, judging by the embarrassment that took place on Thursday.
Not all the team members have publicly shared why they're not attending.
"Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting".
Trump called the team an "example of excellence", and he was given a ceremonial jersey, as is custom.
Another pointer: did Trump really attempt to genuinely compare losing that war to dropping a few games throughout the course of a season? In fact, NPR reports that every white player attended "while nearly every person of color who wears a Sox uniform opted out".
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"I need you to go to a store there in Boston and buy a package of red socks". Cora pointed out Sunday that he has spoken out about the plight of Puerto Ricans in the past and added that he doesn't "feel comfortable in the White House".
Asked earlier about some of the Sox not attending, Trump claimed that Puerto Rico has received adequate storm recovery funding, while citing an inaccurate $91 billion figure.
The team has been trying to downplay any tensions in the clubhouse, and many players have declined to discuss their decisions. He met with President George W. Bush in 2004 and took a with President Obam in 2013.
Members of the team had just come from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where they visited with wounded soldiers, the President said. Trump has also instituted a new tradition for the ceremonies, scrapping gourmet meals in favor of offering plates of fast food to the athletes.
The Red Sox, infamously, held a failed tryout for Jackie Robinson before he broke the sport's color barrier. And an Elks Club in the team's former spring training home of Winter Haven, Florida, invited only white players to events, a practice that stopped only in the 1980s, when black players complained.