Matters of Politics, Race Accompany Red Sox to White House

Team manager Alex Cora and nearly a dozen players, including American League MVP Mookie Betts, have said they will skip the White House visit.

  • Published 9 May 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, championship teams have visited the White House in a moment of ritual and tradition. Athletic excellence is celebrated, lame jokes are told and the president is given yet another jersey bearing his name. Under President Donald Trump, though, the visits often have become politicized, featuring athlete protests and, in the case of the Boston Red Sox, raising questions about a racial divide. The Red Sox, who steamrolled to a World… Read at AP News