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Donald Trump credits himself for Red Sox hot streak after White House visit

Donald Trump credits himself for Red Sox hot streak after White House visit

The Boston Red Sox played some inspired baseball this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.

Inspired, perhaps, by the President of the United States?

That's what the President of the United States seems to think. Following Boston's sweep of the Mariners, Donald Trump drew a correlation between the Red Sox's visit to the White House on Thursday and their current torrid pace.

It's true the Red Sox haven't lost since their squad -- minus Alex Cora, Mookie Betts, David Price, Xander Bogaerts and several others -- shook Trump's hand on the South Lawn.

It's also true they've played just three games since Thursday and been scorching hot well before visiting Washington D.C., going 8-2 in their previous 10 games before Thursday.

But if Trump wants to take credit for the turnaround of the 2019 Red Sox, so be it. He'll just give fans an easy scapegoat if things go south again.

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Steve Pearce laughs off Trump's snafu: 'It's OK. He's the president'

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Steve Pearce laughs off Trump's snafu: 'It's OK. He's the president'

BOSTON -- So it turns out Donald Trump isn't completely up to speed on Steve Pearce's 2019 season. 

That's OK with Pearce, who still can't believe all of the individual attention he received when the Red Sox were honored at the White House on Thursday.

Standing on the dais to the President's left, Pearce was name-dropped multiple times during the ceremony -- including one moment that provoked some cringes when the President assumed the World Series MVP had carried his October momentum into this season.

"You're doing well this year?" Trump asked. "Pretty well this year, right? Huh? He's doing well this year. When it counts, he does really well. Those are the ones we really like, huh?"

It was a nice sentiment. Unfortunately, Trump voiced it with Pearce locked in a season-long slump and hitting just .111. Pearce isn't sweating it.

"It's OK. He's the President," he told NBC Sports Boston with a laugh. "He's got a lot on his plate."

Pearce was good-humored about the minor snafu.

"I'm sure if he would've known, he probably would've been like, 'Hey, keep it up,'" Pearce said. "But I like how he followed it up. 'Hey, you step up when it matters,' and I was like, 'Yeah!'"

Pearce's slow start is no laughing matter, not with rookie Michael Chavis hammering the ball and needing a spot in the lineup, possibly by taking the right-handed at-bats that were supposed to be Pearce's at first base.

But the 13-year veteran hasn't lasted this long because he lacks confidence, and sometimes the tiniest spark can ignite a player. Maybe Pearce could even experience a Trump bump.

"It's going to come back," Pearce said. "It's going to. I've been playing this game my whole life. It's funny how it happens. Even the President knows. Baseball comes around. If not now, you'll do it later."

As for the visit itself, count Pearce among the players who considered it a great honor, despite the furor that seems to accompany all things Trump.

"It was definitely really cool," Pearce said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For him to say my name was neat. He reaches back and he acknowledged me during the speech and I shook his hand, that's cool that he gave us the time."

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Tom Werner sees no 'racial divide' on Red Sox after White House visit

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Tom Werner sees no 'racial divide' on Red Sox after White House visit

The optics admittedly weren't great.

The Boston Red Sox visited Donald Trump in the White House on Thursday to celebrate their 2018 World Series, but notably absent was nearly every minority member of the organization, including manager Alex Cora, reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts and star pitcher David Price.

But Red Sox chairman Tom Werner insisted the split attendance doesn't equate to a clubhouse split.

"We don’t see it as a racial divide,” Werner told reporters in Washington, D.C., via MassLive.com. “We’ve been pleased to come to the White House and it’s our fourth visit here. It’s not a mandatory communication. Those people who wanted to come were invited to join."

Werner and Red Sox principal owner John Henry have gone to all four of the team's White House visits -- none of which have had full attendance -- and have attempted to keep politics out of each trip.

"I think to the extent that we can, I think baseball is apolitical,” Werner said. “Today is neither a red day or a blue day. It’s a great day for us to be honored at the White House.”

Nonetheless, several Red Sox members who skipped this year's visit -- Cora included -- admitted their decision had to do with Trump or his administration's policies, and ex-Sox slugger David Ortiz even came out in support of the group that stayed behind.

That group missed a relatively uneventful visit save for a few unfortunate spelling errors (congrats to the "Red Socks") by the White House staff. It also missed a tour of the Lincoln Bedroom, which apparently led to a bizarre exchange between Werner and Trump that left some questioning the president's knowledge of basic U.S. history.

Let's hope that second tweet is true.

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