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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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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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Report: Patriots, White House still trying to set date for Super Bowl champs' visit

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Report: Patriots, White House still trying to set date for Super Bowl champs' visit

The New England Patriots and the White House have reportedly been struggling to lock down a date for the Super Bowl champs' visit.

According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, "A team spokesman said that the Patriots and the White House have been trading dates throughout April and May for the team to be honored, but one of the two sides has had a conflict each time."

This directly follows the Red Sox/White House saga, in which tensions flared over some players choosing not to make the trip.

Traditionally, teams from the nation's four major professional leagues, as well as NCAA champions in some instances, who win their respective championship each year, visit the White House for a ceremony with The President.

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In recent years, as politics have become more extreme, the decision of athletes whether or not to attend the ceremony has become a sort of highly scrutinized litmus test.

In light of this, according to Volin's article, merely scheduling is the reason for the Patriots having yet to make their visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, which, in Super Bowl winning years, has usually occurred by now as Volin points out:

"The Patriots have usually visited the White House at this point in the spring after a Super Bowl victory. Four of their previous five visits have come in April, and the 2004 visit came on May 10."

The Patriots last visited the White House after winning Super Bowl LI in 2017, which occurred on April 19th of that year.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady notably did not attend the event, but indicated his absence was, much like the Patriots' presently delayed visit, also due to scheduling.

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