President Donald Trump seemed to credit the Red Sox's visit to the White House as the reason they are on a winning streak.
"Has anyone noticed that all the Boston (Red Sox) have done is WIN since coming to the White House!" Trump tweeted Monday morning. "Others also have done 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!"
The Red Sox, who are on a five-game winning streak, had won two games before visiting the White House last Thursday to celebrate the 2018 World Series. They went on to sweep the Seattle Mariners in Boston this weekend.
Manager Alex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico, and a contingent of the team, all either Latino or African-American players, didn't attend. That group included stars David Price, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts.
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!
Trump instead was surrounded by a group of primarily white players and executives on the South Lawn on May 9 during the celebration.
Athletes and teams have notably suffered bad luck after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, including injuries to Jack Lambert after the "Man of Steel" cover before he retired due to turf toe and to Tom Brady in 2008. Serena Williams lost to unranked Roberta Vinci in the 2015 U.S. Open after SI promoted her winning all four Grand Slams. .
The NBA's Golden State Warriors in 2017 and Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 had their White House invitations rescinded. The Virginia Cavaliers, who won the NCAA college basketball championship, declined the invite. The Baylor Bears recently became the first all-women's team to visit the White House.
NASCAR driver Joey Logano finished 15th Saturday at Kansas a week after visiting the White House.
The White House also was criticized last week for a series of errors, including the official website congratulating the "Boston Red Socks" and a White House email referring to the team as the "World Cup Series" champions.
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