The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House after winning championships occasionally has stirred controversy, with some players declining to attend for political reasons.
There's a chance that happens again in February, as several Boston Red Sox players reportedly told The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham they won't travel with the team to meet President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15.
On Thursday, former Red Sox corner infielder (and two-time World Series champion) Kevin Youkilis offered his perspective on what his two White House trips meant to him.
George W. Bush was in office for both of Youkilis' visits, which came after Boston's 2004 and 2007 World Series victories. But according to "Youk," the sitting president's politics were less important to him than the historical significance of visiting the Oval Office and meeting other members of the administration.
The 39-year-old even wouldn't mind a fast food feast like the one Trump presented the Clemson football team earlier this week.
Of course, that's Youkilis' own opinion, and the event isn't mandatory, so members of the 2018 Red Sox can decline the visit due to political reasons if they wish.
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