President Trump suggested in a tweet on Monday morning that the Red Sox’ visit to the White House had a hand in the team’s recent win streak.
“The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated!” Trump tweeted, referring to what’s known as the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, a superstition which holds that misfortune will fall on the athlete featured on the cover of the prestigious magazine.
Indeed, the Red Sox have dominated in the three games since their Thursday appearance in Washington to be honored for their 2018 World Series championship, in one case outscoring the Mariners, 14-1. The team’s record improved to 22-19.
Of course, not all of the players attended the celebration. Several of the team’s stars, including David Price, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., declined to make the trip. Manager Alex Cora also did not attend.
Has anyone noticed that all the Boston @RedSox have done is WIN since coming to the White House! Others also have done very well. The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated! By the way, the Boston players were GREAT guys!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019