Red Sox manager Alex Cora still isn't saying if he's going to the White House

By now you’re aware that visiting the White House, once an easy stop of the championship victory tour, has become a deeply divisive issue.

It’s been that way pretty much since LeBron James called President Donald Trump a “bum” amid the controversy surrounding whether the Golden State Warriors would visit Trump.

Now, each championship turns into who’s going and who’s not. This particular question has followed Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora for a while — since the night the Red Sox clinched their title last October. Now, with the Red Sox scheduled to visit the White House next week, the questions are coming up again.

Cora, a proud Puerto Rican, has been critical of Trump in the past, specifically for his comments about the death toll in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In the past, Cora has been non-committal about the White House visit. He’s said after the World Series that he respects the president but was undecided. He said in December that he plans to use his platform the right way.

Now? Well, Cora still isn’t saying. Via Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com:

We already know Red Sox star and reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts isn’t going to the White House. Neither is Jackie Bradley Jr., who says he wouldn’t go no matter who was president. J.D. Maritinez, however, is going.

The other looming question is what the Red Sox might get to eat next week. The Baylor women’s basketball team visited the White House on Monday and were treated to a meal of fast food from Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A. That makes a third championship team that got a fast food party from Trump.

This might just come down to how much Alex Cora likes fast-food burgers.

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CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox displays the 2018 World Series trophy during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox speaks during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Mayor of Caguas William Miranda Torres presents a gift to Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox during a trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox reacts during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox displays the 2018 World Series trophy with his daughter Camila during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox eats pieces of a roasted pig during a trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Eduardo Rodriguez #57, Eduardo Nunez #36, Christian Vazquez #7 and manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photograph with the 2018 World Series trophy during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy, Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Eddie Romero, Chairman Tom Werner, Eduardo Rodriguez #57, Eduardo Nunez #36, Christian Vazquez #7 manager Alex Cora, first base coach Tom Goodwin, coach Ramon Vazquez, bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, and assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photograph with the 2018 World Series trophy during a World Series parade during a Boston Red Sox trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 3: Manager Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox dances during a trip from Boston, Massachusetts to Caguas, Puerto Rico on November 3, 2018 after the Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series victory. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez laughs on stage during the presentation of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by several players and coaches, including Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora stands on a stage at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by several players and coaches, including Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Fan take pictures and film with their mobile phones as Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora arrives at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, as well as seven Red Sox players and coaches, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora arrives at his puerto rican hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora arrives at his hometown with the 2018 World Series trophy, accompanied by Chairman Tom Werner and President and CEO Sam Kennedy, as well as seven Red Sox players and coaches, in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo Carlos Giusti)
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