Matters of politics, race accompany Red Sox to White House

Chris Sale was back to his dominant self on Wednesday night in Baltimore

That wasn't the only questionable remark made by the President, however, as Red Sox chairman Tom Werner described a rather awkward conversation he had with the Donald.

"So I think the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump", he said. "I think, to the extent that we can, baseball is apolitical".

Many fans cringed at the optics and the message, tweeting "shame on you all" and calling out the players who went for not staying back in solidarity with their teammates.

Last year, on the eve of the White House ceremony for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, Trump disinvited the team after several players announced their plans to skip it, citing Trump's rhetoric. "The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go", Cora told the Associated Press earlier this week. But all of the team's white players attended.

The fans cheered wildly after Trump noted that the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, although he said he would remain "neutral" during the ceremony despite being a Yankees fan. 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".

Conway, who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, retweeted a Twitter thread suggesting Trump is unfamiliar with the outcome of America's Civil War. Every white player and one Cuban player attended.

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The Red Sox players are hardly the first to stay home to protest the Trump administration.

But some team members tied their decisions to Trump.

"Unfortunately, we are still struggling, still fighting".

Before the visit, Trump defended his stance on Puerto Rico, falsely asserting once again that the territory received $91 billion in hurricane relief money, which he claimed was "the largest amount of money ever given to any state". "Well the Sox aren't going to make it to the White House so I thought the President could welcome some actual red socks". The president also said there were "very fine people on both sides" of 2017 clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Those around the Red Sox locker room stressed that a player's decision to attend was a personal choice and not, in many cases, political.

Another pointer: did Trump really attempt to genuinely compare losing that war to dropping a few games throughout the course of a season? There has been no word on if Red Sox players continued the newly-enshrined tradition of dining on fast food during their visit.

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