Red Sox to Visit White House Feb. 15

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

The World Series champion Red Sox will be honored at the White House next month.

The team announced Tuesday that they will travel to Washington for a reception with President Donald Trump on February 15.

The trip will come at the beginning of spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers on February 13 and the first full team workout is scheduled for February 18.

White House trips can be a polarizing experience for some championship teams. The Golden State Warriors declined an invite from Trump in 2017, and Trump uninvited the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 in protest over some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem and after some Eagles players said they would not attend, citing political differences with the President.

In December, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he would use the White House visit "in a positive way." Cora has tried to raise awareness about the ongoing struggles in his native Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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