While the Boston Red Sox will take part in a White House visit after winning the 2018 World Series, manager Alex Cora will skip the visit. The reason? He is not happy with the way the Trump administration responded to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico.
Ever since the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers in the World Series Cora has been deciding whether or not he will attend. Or maybe he was just waiting for the time when more people would respond to his decision.
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"The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go," Cora said on Sunday after his team defeated the White Sox.
"That's our reality. It's pretty tough to go celebrate when we're where we're at. I'd rather not go and be consistent with everything," he said, per the Daily Mail.
Earlier Cora said that he was considering attending the ceremony and saying something about the situation in Puerto Rico. He informed his team of his decision just a few days ago.
A few other players on the team are skipping the visit. Those players include:
Xander Bogaerts, MVP Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, David Price, Christian Vazquez and Hector Velazquez.
Perhaps they will each take a chance to each give their personal reason for not attending. Despite some of the players and the manager not being attendance, most of the roster will be there, including owner John Henry and chariman Tom Werner.
The Red Sox aren't the only champions visiting the White House. Tiger Woods is being honored Monday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Recently there have been champions, such as the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia Eagles, who have declined their visit to the White House. The media likes reporting on those stories much more than when a team accepts their visit and meets with President Trump. The Clemson Tigers had an unforgettable meeting with our President. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has shown time and time again what a class individual he is and he showed a great deal of respect when he brought his team to the White House.