'Unstoppable' Red Sox visit Trump, despite controversy


Outfielder J.D. Martinez, of Cuban descent, was the only person of color to attend.

President Donald Trump hosted the Red Sox for their championship visit at the White House - per the tradition.

However, it is not the first time that players of color have skipped or turned down a chance to visit the White House during Trump's presidency.

Among those expected to attend the celebration on the team's off-day are Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree and Brock Holt, along with Dave Dombrowski, the president of baseball operations.

The misspelling adds to the controversy surrounding the visit after Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced last week that he would not participate in the White House trip.

"Politically, it didn't matter who was in the White House", Hembree said. "It's pretty tough, you know, to go celebrate".

The Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the World Series, the team's fourth championship this century.

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In January, Cora was outspoken about his native Puerto Rico's need for relief after Hurricane Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people there.

"You've got a lot of fans over here", Trump said, as the crowd cheered.

"I talked to Alex about it", Werner said.

"So I think the people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump", he said. "Well the Sox aren't going to make it to the White House so I thought the President could welcome some actual red socks". "The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go", Cora told the Associated Press earlier this week.

"He's doing well this year", Trump said.

"It's a tremendous honor to have you in the White House, and we're going to look at the Lincoln bedroom", he said.

Boston has battled their way back by winning eight of their last ten, winning all three series since they were swept in a rain-shortened two-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays. A derogatory shout about the Red Sox's rival, the New York Yankees, was heard. And an Elks Club in the team's former spring training home of Winter Haven, Florida, invited only white players to events, a practice that stopped only in the 1980s, when black players complained.