The White House invited the World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, to celebrate their victory with Donald Trump on Thursday, but not everyone showed up.
Maybe that was due to some confusion on the White House’s website that listed upcoming events to be streamed online and mentioned another team that sounded like them but didn’t exist. They called them “Socks” instead of “Sox.”
The team was incorrectly labeled on their website, saying that “President Trump Welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions The Boston Red Socks to the White House.”
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) May 9, 2019
If you’re going to invite a team, at least get their name right. Sox fans cried foul and lay into the administration over on Twitter.
Ah yes, the Red "Socks". Why not the Red Stockings, as they were called a century ago?
— Bob Kumins (@BobKumins) May 9, 2019
I’m saddened today to learn of the sudden demise of my beloved Boston Red Sox. Despite having won several World Series championships in the past 15 years, the president issued an Executive Order, changing the name to Red Socks. Not surprised, though, since he’s a Yankeez fan. pic.twitter.com/EZjTcW8PO2
— Barb Wallace (@realBKW) May 9, 2019
The red socks are gathering at the white house today https://t.co/bAaJHbrzRv
— Dawn Summers (@realdawnsummers) May 9, 2019
This Yankees’ fan made a not-so-subliminal dig at the Sox.
Quite an honor for the Red Socks.
Such a storied club, and that rivalry with the Yankys is epic.
— Chris Snarkington (@chrisinroch) May 9, 2019
Can’t really blame @realDonaldTrump though, since he’s a Dodgers fan…
— Edward Becerra (@EdwardBecerra1) May 9, 2019
Maybe they’ll honor Trump with bocks seats.
— Nancy (@ntsbfh) May 9, 2019
Is there anyone in this administration that can spell or at least spell-check?
— Robyn Peloquin (@PeloquinRobyn) May 9, 2019
At this point, we all know our menu options.
Fast food for everyone!
— Audra Shull (@MaddHarliquinn) May 9, 2019
Hey Boston Red SOCKS get ready for your hamberders! 😂 https://t.co/l7CjzhMZ08
— Barbie Williams (@Barbie892) May 9, 2019
Maybe he will order from Boston Market to make them feel at home. Or is that too classy for this White House?
— Vic.ly.ju (@TheDixieVics) May 9, 2019
They will have plenty of Dunking Doughnuts on hand.
— #ReleaseTheFullMuellerReport (@ERTBen) May 9, 2019
The team manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the festivities. His absence was a personal stand against the administration’s lack of organizing relief efforts in the wake of a hurricane in Cora’s native Puerto Rico.
In fact, the Associated Press reported that not a single person of color from the team chose to attend, including Mookie Betts, David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, Hector Velazquez, Xander Bogaerts, Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez.
However, their white teammates — including outfielder J.D. Martinez who is of Cuban descent — did accept the invitation and later got a tour of the Lincoln Bedroom that is usually off-limits to the public.
Highly regarded #RedSox manager Alex Cora, who raised thousands for hurricane relief in his native Puerto Rico, is also skipping the Donald #Trump photo op today: I don’t feel comfortable going to a celebration while we’re living what we’re living back home.”
— David Beard (@dabeard) May 9, 2019
Like the rest of America, he has managed to divide a championship team.
— Deb Hockaday (@CopperDebs) May 9, 2019
— NESN (@NESN) May 9, 2019
Now, this is my kind of celebration.
If Trump needs any spelling help, maybe the team ought to send him this commemorative banner?
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 29, 2018