Matters of politics, race accompany Red Sox to White House

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President Trump honored the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox at a White House ceremony Thursday, lauding the team as a "shining example of excellence" in "an American sporting tradition that goes back many generations".

The Red Sox repeatedly denied there was any sort of racial divide caused by the White House visit.

After the ceremony Tom Werner, Red Sox chairman, said he talked to Cora about his decision to skip the event base on his dissatisfaction with the administration's handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maira. But Trump himself stuck to the correct script, honoring the team's dominant run to the title.

According to fact checks from the Associated Press and the Washington Post, only $11 billion has been distributed to Puerto Rico so far. Cora pointed out Sunday that he has spoken out about the plight of Puerto Ricans in the past and added that he doesn't "feel comfortable in the White House".

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"In the playoffs you bested your arch rival, the Yankees", he said to applause from the audience.

The Boston Red Sox will celebrate their World Series championship at the White House on Thursday, amid controversy with several players skipping out on the event for various reasons.

The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers after five grueling games previous year, securing their fourth World Series win.

The day began with many mocking the White House for its online gaffe welcoming the "Boston Red Socks".

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Trump said he loves baseball, and called it a "special game, a special sport", which he played himself in high school.

Referring to Sale's fiery, expletive-riddled dugout speech, Trump asked the normally more-reserved Red Sox ace, "Are you an emotional guy?"

"I think I'll be a neutral in this one", joked Trump, a noted Yankees fan who was close friends with the Bronx Bombers' late owner George Steinbrenner.

Members of the team had just come from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where they visited with wounded soldiers, the President said.

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Almost a dozen players have said they will join him in skipping the ceremony. They were the last team in the major leagues to integrate. They aren't quite the powerhouse they appeared to be early on but Seattle now sits a half-game ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card race. 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.

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