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SportsTrump takes credit for Red Sox winning streak after White House visit

20:51  13 may  2019
20:51  13 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Red Sox manager Cora undecided on White House visit

Red Sox manager Cora undecided on White House visit BOSTON — Red Sox manager Alex Cora is still undecided if he'll visit the White House next week when the team celebrates its World Series title there. The Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House on May 9 following a three-game series in Baltimore. "I'll let you guys know when I decide," Cora said Monday before Boston's series opener against Oakland. "You guys don't have to worry about that one. I'll let you know." In January, the Puerto Rico native was outspoken about the island's need for hurricane relief. He indicated he might skip the traditional champion's visit to Washington over President Donald Trump's policies toward Puerto Rico.

Trump claims visiting him in the White House is the OPPOSITE of the Sports Illustrated cover 'curse' as he takes credit for a 3-game Boston Red Sox winning streak . LA Dodgers lost 17 of 22 games after the SI cover called them the best team ever. Red Sox were already on an 8-2 hot streak before

President Trump on Monday gave a shoutout to the Boston Red Sox in the midst of their five-game winning streak , for which he is apparently taking some credit after inviting the team to the White House . The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated!

Trump takes credit for Red Sox winning streak after White House visit © JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty

Is Donald Trump a good-luck charm for the Boston Red Sox? The president certainly seems to think so.

The defending World Series champions swept the Seattle Mariners over the weekend following their customary visit to the White House on Thursday. Trump was clearly paying attention, and on Monday took credit for Boston's run:

Whether it was the White House effect or simply the continuation of what was already a red-hot May - they're 9-2 since the month began - the Red Socks Sox certainly had a bounce in their step over the weekend. Alex Cora's men outscored Seattle 34-8 across three contests and moved within three games of first-place Tampa Bay as a result.

Boston's White House visit was not without some controversy, as multiple members of the team - including Cora and reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts - skipped the trip, prompting the manager to refute rumors of a possible divide in the clubhouse.

While Trump didn't highlight any individual performances, the Red Sox were helped to the weekend sweep by players who went to the White House and those who did not. Slugger J.D. Martinez, who attended, ripped a pair of homers against the Mariners. Third baseman Rafael Devers, who stayed home, went 9-for-14 with seven RBIs.

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Matters of politics, race accompany Red Sox to White House.
WASHINGTON — For decades, championship teams have visited the White House in a moment of ritual and tradition. Athletic excellence is celebrated, lame jokes are told and the president is given yet another jersey bearing his name. Under President Donald Trump, though, the visits often have become politicized, featuring athlete protests and, in the case of the Boston Red Sox, raising questions about a racial divide. The Red Sox, who steamrolled to a World Series crown last October, are poised to visit the White House on Thursday.

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