Engagement is very much the keyword for Boston Red Sox president and chief executive officer Sam Kennedy when discussing how the franchise, and the wider Major League Baseball community, is to adapt to the US' sports betting scene, reports the Boston Herald. Both players said they did not skip the visit for political reasons; Beltran wanted to spend time with his family, and Correa was arranging aid for Puerto Rico.
"Like in the past, it's an invitation", Kennedy told reporters. "It's not a mandatory command performance". It's a great opportunity for the players. A date for the visit has not yet been scheduled, and it is not yet clear if the entire team will be attending.
"Yes, there will be a positive revenue impact for the team - how much I don't know - but that is absolutely secondary in my opinion to the engagement, to people following, paying attention, being engaged with the Boston Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics as a result of betting on that sport and betting on in-game activities".
Last year, it was the Golden State Warriors that set the internet ablaze with their decision not to go to the White House, and with a Twitter back and forth that even prompted LeBron James to get involved, calling Trump "a bum," saying it used to be an honor to visit the White House before Trump took office.
'I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics, ' Cora said in September, according to ESPN.
Trump invited the Golden State Warriors to the White House after winning the National Basketball Association title in 2017 but uninvited them when some players said they would not go to the White House. The Warriors went on to capture their second title in a row.
Championship professional and collegiate teams have been visiting the White House for decades.
The Houston Astros, who won the 2017 World Series, visited the White House in March. The Washington Capitals, the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup champions, have received an invitation.