World Series champ Red Sox accept invitation to White House

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.

"We've accepted and we're going to see if there's a date that works," team President Sam Kennedy said Monday night before the premiere of the ballclub's 2018 highlight video.

Once a standard, non-partisan perk of winning it all, the traditional champions' visit to Washington has become more politicized. Some teams have declined invitations from President Donald Trump; in other cases, individual players stayed home.

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Kennedy says it's up to players to decide whether they want to attend.

"Like in the past, it's an invitation. It's not a mandatory, command performance," he said. "It's an opportunity for these guys to get the recognition they deserve for a world championship."

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Confetti covers the fans and the Duck boats as they depart Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox World Series Victory Parade on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt, left, and Andrew Benintendi cheer during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart sprays the crowd as he passes by during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Confetti flies as a duckboat carrying members of the Boston Red Sox pass by during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Red Sox pitcher David Price, in person and on a giant cardboard cutout, as the Red Sox World Series parade goes through Copley Square in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The Boston Red Sox World Series victory parade headed down Boylston Street in Boston on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: The Boston Red Sox ride in duck boats on Tremont Street past Park Street Church during the Boston Red Sox Victory Parade on October 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: A young Red Sox fan screams for his favorite players in Copley Square along the victory parade route for the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: A fan falls backwards into a crowd of people at the Red Sox World Series victory parade in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Micheal Swensen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Red Sox Manager Alex Cora waves with the trophy during the Boston Red Sox World Series victory parade down Boylston Street in Boston on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 31: Fans line the streets of Boston for the Red Sox World Series victory parade in Boston, MA on Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Manager Alex Cora said he'll be there.

A native of Puerto Rico, Cora has been vocal in his call for the president to do more in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island.

"I'm going to use my platform the right way," he said. "I'm not going there to embarrass anybody."

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