Shared from the 5/10/2019 Houston Chronicle eEdition


Many missing as champs honored

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

J.D. Martinez, right, presents a jersey to President Donald Trump during a ceremony at the White House.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — well, some of them — at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit.

The team’s manager, Alex Cora, did not attend after citing his frustration with the administration’s efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane. And nearly a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump’s hand. Meanwhile, every white player on the team — as well as outfielder J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent — attended.

The Red Sox repeatedly denied there was any sort of racial divide caused by the White House visit. And there was no sign of discord during the rained-upon ceremony on the White House South Lawn.

The Marine Corps band played versions of “Dirty Water” and “Sweet Caroline,” two unofficial Red Sox anthems. Trump was presented with a Red Sox jersey with No. 18 on the back.

The day was not without mishaps: The White House first incorrectly labeled the team as the “Red Socks” on its website and then later, in an email, dubbed them the champions of something called the “World Cup Series.” But Trump stuck to the correct script, honoring the team’s title run.

“Frankly, they were unstoppable. I watched,” said Trump, who laughed when Martinez teased him for being a Yankees fan.

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