MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Saturday it was unlikely the World Series champion Red Sox would visit the White House next month if the government remains shut down.
The Sox, Kennedy said, are sympathetic to the thousands of government employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay.
“Its hit people hard in the New England area,” he said at the team’s Winter Weekend event. “I’m not sure it’s appropriate to be celebrating in such a public way while there’s people who are struggling right now. That’s been the internal conversation.
“We’ll continue to examine it and make a decision here pretty soon.”
Manager Alex Cora, who is concerned with the Trump administration’s treatment of his native Puerto Rico, has said he is considering whether to attend. Indications are he will not.
But more players than not want to go.
“I don’t want to name any names. But we’ve had lots of players that want to go and a few players who have communicated they don’t want to go,” Kennedy said.
Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Mitch Moreland, and Matt Barnes said Saturday they would make the visit.
Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez said they were undecided. Eduardo Rodriguez said he would see what others do then quickly mentioned the benefits of spending the day with his family instead.
Rafael Devers will not go, saying via a translator he did not feel it was necessary.
As was the case with previous White House visits by the Red Sox, the trip is not mandatory.