Sox’ planned White House visit nothing to cheer about
Expect a sour taste to be left from Red Sox’ White House visit
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy sees “it as an honor” for the team to be invited to the White House (“This visit awkward to say least,” Dan Shaughnessy, Sports, Feb. 17). Apparently, and understandably, most players of color on the Red Sox don’t feel that way about an opportunity to shake hands with an openly and unabashedly racist president. So they’re not going. Good for them.
But what does it say about the Red Sox that the team ownership and all the white players are going? What happened to solidarity and empathy and having one’s teammates’ backs? Is this yet another chapter in the long and deplorable history of racism around the Red Sox? Will this be a factor when current Sox players of color decide whether to re-sign with Boston?
Must this photo op be a media obsession?
What if the White House visit stopped being such a media obsession, and sports teams’ players either showed up or didn’t show up? Controversy averted.
What if we stopped looking at celebrities and athletes for guidance and used our own morals to guide us through our lives?
I love Mookie Betts and Nathan Eovaldi as Red Sox, but I don’t care one bit about their politics.