Against backdrop of controversy, Red Sox honoured by Trump

Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland watches his three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday

In fact, NPR reports that every white player attended "while nearly every person of color who wears a Sox uniform opted out".

In a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump said it was his "pleasure" to welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House, congratulating the team's members for their 2018 World Series-winning season - or at least the ones in attendance.

After the ceremony Tom Werner, Red Sox chairman, said he talked to Cora about his decision to skip the event base on his dissatisfaction with the administration's handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maira.

But the tradition of an apolitical White House celebration has become something of a thing of the past, with the invitation from Trump becoming more of a loaded loyalty test, forcing players to pick sides. "So basically it's the white Sox who'll be going", Boston sports columnist Steve Buckley tweeted earlier this week.

Not in attendance were manager Alex Cora and several players who chose to skip the visit. It's your decision. Make a choice. "His politics have been so harmful and hostile to marginalized groups, and particularly in baseball", said de la Cretaz. "It's pretty tough, you know, to go celebrate".

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A three-game sweep of the A's avenged a less desirable outcome in Oakland last month and gave the Red Sox a series win against a team that went to the playoffs a year ago. While announcing $448 million in new disaster relief for areas of the Florida panhandle still recovering from Hurricane Michael, the president claimed that Puerto Rico received $91 billion to recover from Hurricane Maria. "But they've opted to go in a completely different direction", he said. They called them "Socks" instead of "Sox".

Someone on the White House staff has some explaining to do.

"You've got a lot of fans over here", Trump said, as the crowd cheered. "Think about it, all the stuff that has been going on since he took office".

Members of the team had just come from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where they visited with wounded soldiers, the President said. They were the last team in the major leagues to integrate.

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