The Boston Red Sox will be attending the White House Thursday but manager Alex Cora will not be in attendance. It should be a non-story
When teams win championships they have the honor to visit the White House. It’s a great honor and privilege to visit the White House and celebrate the accomplishment. As for the Red Sox, they are defending World Series Champions and will visit the White House on Thursday. It was postponed after it was originally scheduled for February 15th.
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Some players will not be attending and neither will Alex Cora which seems to have a lot of people talking. My question is why is this a story? The manager should be onto 2019, not what happened last season and they should’ve gone to the White House before the season started.
Cora has stated he won’t attend because of Hurricane Maria that damaged Puerto Rico. Alex Cora is from there and after they won the World Series they brought the trophy over and they had a celebration. Cora has stated that the U.S. Government has helped but there’s still a long way to go.
"The government has done some things back home that are great, but as the report (in El Nuevo Día) said, we still have a long ways to go. And that’s our reality,” Cora said after the Red Sox’s 9-2 win over the White Sox on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field."
There are many people that don’t attend the White House for various reasons whether it be personal or political after winning a championship. It doesn’t mean they hate this Country or anything it means they just don’t believe the values of the President in office.
Also, this team just got off to a very poor start in April. Second, the Sox just put down a beating on the Chicago White Sox this weekend, and the storyline is about the manager not attending the White House for a championship that happened during the 2018 season?
"“It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at,” he added. “I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.”"
Makes no sense really. Some may still go on Thursday and that’s fine too. All this talk about it and it will literally be a picture in the Oval Office, a tour of the White House hopefully no fast food will be served, and it will be over with.
This team needs zero distractions right now all they should care about is winning and performing well in 2019. They are starting to have a better May than April which is a good sign and hopefully they can keep it up. Would Cora or the players that aren’t going to the White House show up if another President was in Office?
I don’t know and it doesn’t matter because it’s a non-story of who goes and who doesn’t all that matters is how they perform on the field and winning games on a consistent basis.
There are other athletes that have won championships and not gone to the White House to celebrate with their team. It’s not a big deal that Cora and other players aren’t going. Yes, he’s the manager but he has his reasons and those should be kept private. 2018 is in the past and the Red Sox need to focus on the task at hand as they finally seem to be firing on all cylinders this season.