Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was unsure if the team would be visiting the White House in celebration of their 2018 World Series title. Cora said no decision has been made as of yet.
On Sunday, Boston defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to win the best of seven series 4-1 in Cora’s first year as the team’s manager.
Following the game, Cora told the media during his post-game news conference that if the team receives an invitation from President Donald Trump that team would hold discussions about it at that time.
Cora, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, has criticized the president, most notably last month after Trump claimed that 3,000 people did not die after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, although the Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello made an official update to the estimated number of dead as a result of the hurricane.
In a tweet, Trump said 3,000 people did not die in the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico and that when he left after visiting, there were only between 6 and 18 deaths.
Cora commented at that time that the tweets by Trump had been disrespectful.
Cora said 3,000, six or 18 he did not know, and the reality is the total will never truthfully will be known, but it should not be a political issue, as it is about humans. The people that have suffered through this know the truth, added Cora.
The Red Sox manager added that while he does not agree with much of what Trump says about Puerto Rico, he is respectful of Trump since he is the U.S. president.
John Henry the Red Sox principle owner said that the White House has not jet invited the team to a visit. He added that he believes the team would make a trip if sent an invitation.
Traditionally sports teams visit the White House as a way to celebrate their titles, whether it is a World Series, Stanley Cup, Super Bowl or NBA Title, but since current President Donald Trump has taken office some players have skipped the visit due to disagreement with Trump and the White House administration.
The Philadelphia Eagles were uninvited by the president in June after months earlier winning Super Bowl LII, due to members of the Eagles not agreeing with the president’s view that NFL players must stand during the playing of the National Anthem.