Alex Cora just announced he is not going to the White House this week. Mookie Betts will not attend either. Same for Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers.
They have the right not to go. That is not in question. But it still sits very wrong with me. Teams have been going to the White House for decades no matter which party is in office or who is the sitting President.
This is simple to me. You’re an American. You’re invited to the White House for what you accomplished as a team on a field or court. You go. End of story. Because it’s about way more than politics.
Since the current administration took office It has become very in vogue to skip the visits.
Golden State. The Philadelphia Eagles. North Carolina mens basketball.
They all ended up not visiting.
Additionally, just last week University of Virginia men’s basketball coach, Tony Bennett announced that his team would decline a White House invite to celebrate their championship.
Plenty of Individuals have passed as well for years. Long Before Trump.
Shame on every single one of them.
There are plenty of ways to express your political views in this country. And no matter your party affiliation you should exercise your freedoms. Every day. But bypassing the White House is unacceptable. These athletes reach thousands of followers on social media and have writers and TV cameras around them every day. They can make their opinions heard.
The visit is not about your political leanings. It’s about the respecting institution of the presidency. Its bigger than the current person holding the office.
Who by the way is still, no matter how you feel, is the President of the United States of America. And one of only 45 humans to ever hold the job.
Put politics aside and enjoy being one of only a few hundred people each year to be invited to the oval office as champions.
Respect the position. The title. The Oval Office. The building.
Alex Cora initially said he would attend. As you know Cora is a native of Puerto Rico. He has called on Trump to do more to help his home island post hurricane.
“I’m going to use my platform the right way. I’m not going to embarrass anybody. Actually, I’m going to represent 4 million people from back home the right way when we go there,” Cora said this past winter.
I guess he changed his mind. I’m glad he mostly does the right thing in the dugout for the Sox because this week he is making a mistake.