BOSTON - NOVEMBER 1: Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora speaks during a media availability at Fenway Park in Boston on Nov. 1, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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Red Sox Manager Pledges to Use Platform If Team Visits Trump White House

The World Series champs are still undecided if they will be traveling to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

If the Boston Red Sox visit the White House after winning the 2018 World Series, manager Alex Cora says he will use the platform in “the right way.”

A native of Puerto Rico, Cora previously criticized President Trump for his “disrespectful” tweets about the aftermath and the death toll on the island following Hurricane Maria.

Despite that, Cora said he does have respect for the Oval Office.

“I’ve been using this platform (as manager) the right way the whole time,” Cora said. “Whatever we decide is going to be respected. And if we decide to go, I will use my platform the right way. If you start looking at this team, we’ve got guys from the United States and from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico. So I’ll use the platform the right way. Like I said before, and I know the headlines don’t show it, I say I respect the president of the United States. And I know he helped our country [Puerto Rico]. So whenever we have to make the decision we’ll make it. And it’s going to be respected.”

The team is still undecided if they will visit the White House if an invitation is extended. When the time comes, the Sox will make the decision “as an organization,” according to Cora.

The last team to win a championship, the Philadelphia Eagles, did not visit the White House after the Trump administration pulled the invitation off the table when a number of players and coaches said they wouldn’t be going.

Instead, Trump had an odd ceremony celebrating the team without them in attendance.

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