The White House invited World Series champion Boston Red Sox to celebrate their victory with Donald Trump on Thursday, but not everyone showed up. But the Patriots have not been able to find a date that works yet.
On Thursday afternoon, Trump met with team leadership, followed by a ceremony with members of the Red Sox on the South Lawn of the White House. "Well the Sox aren't going to make it to the White House so I thought the President could welcome some actual red socks".
But some team members tied their decisions to Trump. "Think about it, all the stuff that has been going on since he took office".
"Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting", Cora said in a statement. "We gave Puerto Rico $91 billion for the hurricane", Trump said. But all of the team's white players attended.
The president strongly opposes additional disaster aid for Puerto Rico and has repeatedly brushed off criticism about his administration's handling of recovery efforts after hurricanes María and Irma made landfall in 2017.
Trump noted that the Red Sox have now won more World Series than any other organization this century (also, "pretty good") and that Boston teams had won a combined 12 titles between their four major sports teams.
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"Each Red Sox player is a shining example of excellence living out an American sporting tradition that goes back many generations", Trump said, adding: "Through every pitch, inning, game, and series, the 2018 Red Sox never gave up and never backed down, always played like champions".
For some players, it might be their only chance for a White House invite. He met with President George W. Bush in 2004 and took a with President Obam in 2013.
"I talked to Alex about it", Werner said. And almost a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump's hand. "As such, at this moment, I don't feel comfortable celebrating in the White House", Cora said. They called them "Socks" instead of "Sox".
The Red Sox, infamously, held a failed tryout for Jackie Robinson before he broke the sport's color barrier. Roughly a third of the team skipped the event in protest.