Red Sox visit to White House could be contingent on government shutdown

The team is scheduled to visit on Feb. 15.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Alex Cora
John Henry, partially hidden at left, and chairman Tom Werner holding the championship trophy. –AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Red Sox principal owner John Henry said Friday night that the team’s visit to the White House next month could be contingent on whether the federal government remains shut down. Saturday will mark the 28th day of the shutdown as partisan bickering continues. The Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on Feb. 15.

“It’s something we’ll be watching. It would be tough,’’ Henry said.

“It’s our intention to go,’’ added team chairman Tom Werner. “We went when President [George W.] Bush honored the team. We went when President Obama honored the team. We look at it as a way to celebrate what the team accomplished. But, as John said, it’s awkward if there’s a shutdown.’’


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