Cora says Red Sox clubhouse isn't divided

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2019

Cora, who from Puerto Rico, said earlier in the week he would "not feel comfortable" celebrating alongside President Trump and his administration after the US government's response to Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico in 2017.

"Look sports is supposed to be something that brings us together as a country, and White House visits of sports teams are supposed to be something that bring us together as a country", said Klain.

But he doesn't believe his decision - or those of Red Sox like Heath Hembree and J.D. Martinez who are expected to go - means the team is divided against itself.

"Each Red Sox player is a shining example of excellence living out an American sporting tradition that goes back many generations", Trump said.

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.

By early morning, the White House had remedied the mistake. "If you want to go or you don't want to go, that's your decision".

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Trump praised the team's new winning dynasty that began in 2004, their first win after 86 years of a drought of a World Series championship.

In January, Cora was outspoken about his native Puerto Rico's need for relief after Hurricane Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people there. It also reflects a larger trend across baseball: A number of players hail from Trump-friendly states like Texas and Florida, while the sport has also seen a surge in Latino players and a decline in African Americans.

"We don't see it as a racial divide", he said after the team received a post-ceremony tour of the Lincoln Bedroom.

But it seemed that getting that simple, factual sentence correct was a task more hard for the White House clerks than the internet believed it should be. "So I would rather not offend anyone over there", he said. Just ask the "Red Socks". The problem is that the baseball team is known as the Red Sox, not an actual household pair of socks.

The Red Sox, infamously, held a failed tryout for Jackie Robinson before he broke the sport's color barrier. Last year, the team successfully fought to change the name of Yawkey Street alongside Fenway Park to distance the team from its late former owner Tom Yawkey, who was known as much for his historically racist ball club as he was for his great philanthropy.

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