The Boston Red Sox captured their fourth World Series of the millennium on Sunday, dispatching the Dodgers 5-1 to clinch the Series four games to one. Following the win, everyone wanted to know if Boston will go to the White House. Appropriately, considering the jubilation of the moment, manager Alex Cora deflected.
Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, has a history with the Cheeto-in-Chief.
Last month (it feels like eons ago), the star of The Apprentice erroneously claimed that more than 3,000 people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria's destruction didn't actually die, it struck a nerve in the Red Sox manager.
"To be tweeting about 3,000 people and being efficient, it's actually disrespectful for my country," Cora said at the time. "We see it that way. I know he probably doesn't feel that way. And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us. He went down there, he did what he did. I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics."
Some players are psyched about the possible visit. Sox pitcher Heath Hembree told TMZ about a possible White House visit: "Hell yeah! I fuck with Trump!" When questioned further about what he enjoys about the President, he exclaimed: "Everything!" We're guessing alcohol played a role in his enthusiasm, but you never know.
MLB's commissioner Rob Manfred has recently said he expects the team to put the office ahead of the man. "I think as an institution, Major League Baseball has always had the greatest respect for the office of the presidency. That doesn’t change, no matter who’s there."
Manfred seems to believe that disagreeing with the President isn't enough to nix a visit. "Often we’ve had situations where individuals, players, whatever, don’t agree with all of the policies of the individual that occupies the office. I think the important thing is respect for the office."
Respect for the office. Sure.