As a collective, the Boston Red Sox still seem a bit undecided about their upcoming White House visit.
Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers all have said they won’t join the team May 9 when it visits President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Boston’s 2018 World Series championship.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, though, there’s still a sizeable contingent of players making the trip — “more than you think,” one undecided player reportedly told Heyman.
Three Red Sox players have said they won’t attend White House visit May 9 (Betts, Devers, JBJ; I asked Betts and JBJ and they confirmed they won’t go), and there will be more – tho word is many are going (“more than you’d think (are going),” said 1 player who hadn’t decided)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 22, 2019
The Red Sox would have visited the White House back in February but postponed the trip to May 9 due to the government shutdown.
Manager Alex Cora, who’s been critical in the past of how the Trump Administration handled recovery efforts in his native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, still is undecided if he’ll join his players.
The Red Sox have been careful to leave politics out of their visit, with president Sam Kennedy insisting the trip is voluntary and that the club doesn’t want to make any sort of statement with who does and doesn’t attend.
If some of their biggest stars (and their manager) stay behind while others go, however, Kennedy’s wish may go unfulfilled.
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