BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.
Team President Sam Kennedy says the ballclub is working out a date with the White House.
“We’re just starting to look at that now,” Kennedy said.
The traditional champions’ visit to Washington has become more politicized, with some teams declining invitations from President Donald Trump.
Kennedy says it’s up to players to decide whether they want to attend.
“Like in the past, it’s an invitation,” he said. “It’s not a mandatory command performance. It’s a great opportunity for the players, an invitation for the players and ownership. It’s a great opportunity for those guys to go to the White House and get the behind-the-scenes tour and get the recognition they deserve for the world championship.”
Manager Alex Cora says he’ll be there. A native of Puerto Rico, Cora has been vocal in his call for the president to do more in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island. He says he will use the platform “in the right way.”
“I’m not going to embarrass anybody,” Cora said. “Actually, I’m going to represent probably 4 million people from back home the right way when we go there.”
Cora and others were at a premiere Monday for a documentary on their championship season.