Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is skipping White House visit
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is the latest player to decide against visiting President Donald Trump on the team’s May 9 visit to the White House, according to the Boston Globe.
“I don’t get into politics, but I won’t be going,” Bradley Jr. told the Globe.
It’s a big loss for the celebration, as Bradley Jr. emerged as a legitimate offensive threat in Boston’s postseason run, with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 14 games. Bradley Jr. was at his best in the team’s ALCS win over the Houston Astros, too, and grabbed MVP honors by way of his two homer and nine RBI impact in a five-game series victory.
Bradley Jr. joins a list of declines headlined by Mookie Betts, and also featuring Rafael Devers.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora, as well as infielders Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts, remain undecided.
The Red Sox were originally scheduled to visit Trump at the White House in March, but postponed the visit due to the government shutdown, and have since pushed the visit to May following a series with the Baltimore Orioles.