Alex Cora rethinking commitment to White House visit

Rob Bradford
January 17, 2019 - 4:58 pm

The first question mark when it came to members of the Red Sox attending the trip to the White House has been surfaced by somewhat of an unexpected source: Alex Cora.

The Red Sox manager -- who had said after his team's World Series victory that he planned on accepting any invitation to the White House but doing so while representing his native Puerto Rico in a proper fashion -- insinuated Thursday that there might be chance he is not present when the organization travels to Washington D.C. on Feb. 15.

The change of mind seems to stem from a recent report from the Washington Post that states President Donald Trump didn't want "a single dollar" going to the relief effort in Puerto Rico because he felt the island was misusing the money and taking advantage of the government. The report went on to clarify that Trump instead wanted the money to go to Texas and Florida. (To read the entire Washington Post story, click here.)

"We’ve got the target date. Everybody knows what I said I think it was a month ago. We’ll see what happens," Cora said at the media availability for the Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner. "There’s a lot of stuff going on right now as far as the government, the shutdown, and all that, so we’ll see. There are a few things that have come up in the last 10 days about Puerto Rico, too. It’s a topic that back home is huge, but like I said, if I go, I’ll represent Puerto Rico the right way. I don’t know what kind of platform I’m going to have if I go. It’s not that I’ve changed my mind, but we’ll see what happens in the upcoming days."

When asked to clarify if this meant he was still planning on going, Cora said, "Right now, I can say yes. It might change tomorrow."

He added, "I don’t want to make it about us. There’s a lot of stuff going on right now, you read what’s going on back home, it’s not easy. You guys are here, I’m back home. That’s the only thing that’s going on. Like I said, I’ll use it the right way. I’ll use it the right way. But there’s other stuff going on, the government, the shutdown and everything. We’ve got that target date, so we’ll see what happens.

"As you guys know, I don’t use this that much, the minority thing: Last year, I was the first minority manager in this city. It’s a great city. It has its history. It’s not that I survived. I prevailed, and we won. So, sometimes if you walk the other way and you get your back to whatever is going on, is it positive? I don’t know. Sometimes you’ve got to show your face. It’s not that I’m going to go there and make a scene or whatever, but like I said, I’m very proud of where I’m from. I’ll tell you what, it was a big deal. This thing, honestly, in the offseason, I was like, ‘Whoa.’ It’s different right now back home, not only for me but for my family. So, we’ll see. We’ll see. But like I said, I’ll represent them the right way. We have to wait."

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