January 26, 2019

Red Sox Postpone White House Visit Until May 9

Update: As noted in comments, Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers will not go to the White House. (Betts: "I decided not to." Devers: "I just wasn't compelled to go.")
The Red Sox have rescheduled their appearance at the White House to Thursday, May 9.

The team decided not to visit the capital during the ongoing government shutdown, opting instead for an off-day after a three-game series in Baltimore.

ESPN noted that "Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said last weekend that it would not be appropriate to celebrate while 800,000 federal employees were not getting paychecks".

I think it would be not be appropriate to celebrate . . . and be honored by people willfully committing inhumane and criminal atrocities around the globe, people gleefully working as hard as they can to ruin as many Americans' lives as possible . . . even if federal employees are getting paychecks - but maybe that's just me.


betterthanthealternative said...

Hopefully, there will continue to be reasons not to do it. Let's hope that Baltimore series gets a rainout, and they need that day to finish it.

johngoldfine said...

"Boston Red Sox slugger Mookie Betts says he will not go to the White House with his team in May to celebrate their World Series win. Betts was asked about his plans at a dinner Saturday night where he was honored as the American League MVP, according to the Boston Globe. “I won’t be going there,” Betts said. “I decided not to.” The outfielder did not elaborate or explain his decision, but he is not the only Sox planning to be a no-show; Rafael Devers has also said he won’t attend, telling reporters, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn't compelled to go.” "

allan said...

I like Mookie more every day.

allan said...

Hopefully, there will continue to be reasons not to do it.

Fat chance of that not being the case.

laura k said...

Fantastic news! I hope everyone who supports Devers' and Mookie's courageous decision will let them know.