David Price won't visit the White House with the Red Sox because 'it's baseball season'

Add one more name to the list of Boston Red Sox players who won’t be visiting the White House in May.

Red Sox starting pitcher David Price told reporter Jon Heyman on Thursday that he isn’t planning on attending the 2018 World Series celebration at the White House with his teammates. The reason? He’s got work to do.

Price is the fifth member of the 2018 Red Sox who have declined the invitation to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Rafael Devers was the first to say he wouldn’t visit back in January, saying that his decision wasn’t political and that he preferred to focus on baseball.

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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American League MVP Mookie Betts and Gold Glove centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. were the next to say they wouldn’t go. Betts declined to explain why, while Bradley had to clarify that he wouldn’t be going regardless of who is president. Pitcher Hector Velasquez, who is from Mexico, said in early April that he wouldn’t attend due to Donald Trump’s previous comments about Mexico and Mexicans.

Manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rican native, has yet to publicly reveal if he’ll attend. He was undecided back in January, citing both the shutdown and Trump’s treatment of Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

The Red Sox — minus those five players, and maybe more — will visit the White House on May 9. The visit was originally scheduled for Feb. 15, but was moved back due to the government shutdown.

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