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John Henry: 'I think we will' go to the White House

Rob Bradford
October 29, 2018 - 2:14 am

LOS ANGELES -- Any team that wins a championship these days is going to be asked the question: Do you plan on going to the White House?

After clinching the World Series the Red Sox were no exception.

Manager Alex Cora wasn't ready to offer a substantive answer on the subject, simply saying, "We'll talk about it later on."

Principal owner John Henry was a bit more definitive.

When asked by Henry first responded, "We haven't been invited."

But when reminded that the invitation always comes he said, "I think we will. This is a special team. We'll see what they want to do, but I think so."

The Astros did attend the ceremony after winning the World Series last season, although a few of the players -- Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran -- chose to skip the March 12 event. It was first assumed that both players' absence was due to their issues with how President Donald Trump handled the hurricane relief for their native Puerto Rico. But later both players said the decisions weren't politically driven.

Cora had been critical of Trump tweets on the crisis in Puerto Rico caused by the hurricanes.

"To be tweeting about 3,000 people ... it's actually disrespectful for my country," Cora said in a mid-September press conference, referencing Trump's claim that fewer people suffered in Puerto Rico then was actually reported. "We see it that way. I know probably he 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. This is about a country that really suffered. ... You see the hurricanes forming now. Everybody's panicking. It's not easy. One thing's for sure, and I told [the media] before, one thing I'm proud, we're standing up on our own two feet. Like, do we need help? Yeah, we do. We know that."

It should also be noted that the Red Sox' ownership group's political leanings also don't necessarily line up with the current administration in the White House.

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