- David Price appeared to call out his white teammates for their decision to go through with the Red Sox’s White House visit on Thursday.
- Price retweeted a Twitter post that brought attention to the racial divide among the players and personnel attending the visit, compared with those choosing to skip the celebration.
- Red Sox manager Alex Cora is also skipping the visit, citing Trump’s treatment of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
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David Price appeared to call out some of his teammates on Monday after quote-tweeting a post that highlighted the racial divide between the players electing to attend the team’s scheduled White House visit on Thursday and those who plan to skip the event.
The Athletic writer Steve Buckley noted the racial divide between those players choosing to attend the White House visit and those who won’t be there. Buckley referred to the players planning to attend the ceremony as “the white Sox.”
Alex Cora has confirmed newspaper report he will not make the trip to meet the president. So basically it’s the white Sox who’ll be going.
— Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) May 5, 2019
On Monday, Price retweeted the post, saying that he felt like “more than 38k should see this tweet” – a reference to Buckley’s follower count.
Price’s quote tweet shared the message with his 1.8 million followers.
Manager Alex Cora, who is Puerto Rican, said he would be skipping the team’s White House visit, joining many of his players, including Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Hector Velázquez, and Christian Vazquez.
Cora cited Trump’s poor treatment of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria as his reason for skipping the ceremony.
Meanwhile, according to The Boston Globe, players such as Rick Porcello, J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale, and Brock Holt were all set to be in attendance, while a few players remained undecided.
Some said the team caused the racial divide by accepting the invitation in the first place.
White House visits from championship teams have become a divisive issue since Trump’s inauguration. Some individual players have skipped visits on principle, and entire teams have refused the invitation or not been invited at all.
It’s unclear how many Red Sox players will ultimately show up at the White House for the team’s visit or what the mood will be at the reception, but one thing is for certain – Price will not be in attendance.
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