Major League Baseball champion Boston Red Sox visit White House

Former Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz waves to the crowd during ceremonies to honor the Red Sox 2007 World Series winning baseball teamm Sunday

Sure, the Red Sox ace didn't throw many innings in spring training, and sure, Boston is defending a World Series title after playing an extra month of baseball in 2018.

It seems that having the latter sewn directly onto the home uniforms wasn't enough of a helpful hint for the White House. Meanwhile, most of the players expected to attend are white.

US President Donald Trump celebrated the team on their "unstoppable" season.

In addition to the White House, the Red Sox on Thursday will be visiting soldiers who are recovering from injuries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

"Each Red Sox player is a shining example of excellence living out an American sporting tradition that goes back many generations", Trump said. Here's to hoping that the 23-year-old can continue unlocking his potential and help get the Red Sox back on the winning track in the relentless AL East.

Mr Martinez called the trip a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity". The team visited the hospital in conjunction with its three other White House visits following championships in 2004, 2007, and 2013.

Andrew Benintendi ripped a 12th inning home run and the Boston Red Sox finally got past the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 last night at Camden Yards. Still, Red Sox pitchers had 22 strikeouts and no walks Wednesday, the highest total of K's without a walk in baseball history, according to Elias data.

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"I don't want to say the season starts Friday", manager Alex Cora said. Cora has been outspoken about what he thinks was the Trump administration's inadequate federal recovery effort in his home island after Hurricane Maria devastated it in 2017.

Players Eduardo Rodriguez, David Price, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr, Rafael Devers, Sandy Leon, Eduardo Nunez, Christian Vazquez, and Hector Velazquez also stayed away. But as one local sports columnist tweeted: "So basically it's the white Sox who'll be going".

Mr Kennedy added he was grateful for the Sox's owners for fostering a team culture that encouraged "individual decision-making".

And an already-controversial visit has resulted in another embarrassing moment for White House staffers who run the government HQ's official website. They were the last team in the major leagues to integrate.

The team's former owner, Tom Yawkey, was an alleged racist who reportedly shouted slurs at black players, including legend Jackie Robinson.

The error was fixed by 9 a.m. and now correctly states just who is coming to the White House.

In some political/sports news that isn't political, the Boston Red Sox were welcomed to the White House ahead of their World Series visit.

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