President Trump is totally taking credit for the Red Sox hot streak

The Boston Red Sox, until about two weeks ago, looked like a mess. The reigning World Series champs were 11-17 in the first month of the season, hardly looking like a team that was the wire-to-wire best team in baseball just a year ago.

Mookie Betts slumped early. Chris Sale looked like something was seriously wrong. For a while there, they were in fourth place in the AL East. Barely better than the Baltimore Orioles.

Today, the Red Sox are 22-19. They’re three games out of first place. They’ve won five in a row and eight of their last nine. What caused this turnaround? Well, it could be a number of things. Sale has pitched better lately. They’re playing some so-so teams. Or, in a more general sense, early-season funks happen and good teams shake them off.

But there could be something else afoot here. Our president, Donald Trump, and his White House could actually be what turned the Red Sox around. Early Monday morning, Trump hit send on the following tweet:

This shouldn’t be too surprising. Trump, even before he was president, has been a glory hound. Becoming president hasn’t slowed down his desire to take credit for things to which he’s only tangentially attached — and it takes a special kind of person to operate like that.

This isn’t about politics so much as shameless self-promotion, which let’s be real, you don’t get to be a combo WWE character/reality TV star/president without a healthy understanding of self-promotion.

27 PHOTOS
Boston Red Sox visit D.C., the White House
See Gallery
Boston Red Sox visit D.C., the White House
US President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) is presented with a jersey by professional baseball player J.D. Martinez (R) as the president welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (C) holds a Boston Redsox's jersey that was given to him as he welcomed the 2018 World Series Champions to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 8, 2019, where he honored the 2018 World Series Baseball Champion Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
US President Donald Trump (L) leaves the Oval Office followed by professional baseball players J.D. Martinez (C) and Chris Sale (R) after he welcomed the 2018 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Boston Red Sox takes a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox takes a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Boston Red Sox displays his jacket as he takes a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox takes a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Nathan Eovaldi #17 of the Boston Red Sox takes a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Matt Barnes #32 of the Boston Red Sox takes a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Nathan Eovaldi #17 and Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox pose as they take a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Mitch Moreland #18 and Brock Holt #12 of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photograph as they take a tour during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON D.C. - MAY 9: U.S. President Donald Trump, center, stands with members of the Boston Red Sox as they pose for a photo during a ceremony honoring the 2018 World Series Champions held on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C. on May 9, 2019. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner speaks to members of the press at the White House May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump hosted the Boston Red Sox to honor their championship of the 2018 World Series. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as right fielder J.D. Martinez and pitch Chris Sale look on during a South Lawn event to honor the Boston Red Sox at the White House May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump hosted the Boston Red Sox to honor their championship of the 2018 World Series.(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: U.S. President Donald Trump is presented with a Boston Red Sox jersey during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: U.S. President Donald Trump recognizes Nathan Eovaldi #17 of the Boston Red Sox during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: U.S. President Donald Trump walks with J.D. Martinez #28 and Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox during a visit to the White House in recognition of the 2018 World Series championship on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photos with members of the Boston Red Sox at the White House May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump hosted the Boston Red Sox to honor their championship of the 2018 World Series.(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump, center, speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2019, where he honored the 2018 World Series Baseball Champion Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, right, speaks during a ceremony welcoming the 2018 World Series baseball champions to the White House, the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. Watching are President Donald Trump and Red Sox outfielder J. D. Martinez, left. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump flanked by Red Sox players Chris Sale, left, and J. D. Martinez, walk on the South Lawn during a ceremony welcoming the 2018 World Series baseball champions to the White House, the Boston Red Sox, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Brock Holt #12 and J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox pose for a selfie photograph with a guest during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Members of the Boston Red Sox pose for a group photograph with guests during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: Rick Porcello #22 and Matt Barnes #32 of the Boston Red Sox pose for a photograph with patients during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

For fun, though, let’s break this down a bit:

• It’s true that the Red Sox haven’t lost since visiting Trump’s White House last Thursday. But they’ve only played three games since then. And in the bigger picture, we’re talking about a team that’s 11-2 since April 29.

• Of recent, the Red Sox have beaten the Mariners and Orioles, two teams that aren’t very good. The Orioles have been bad for a couple of years now. The Mariners are in free-fall mode after a hot start.

• A good number of Red Sox players didn’t attend the White House event, including some of Boston’s best players — such as MVP Mookie Betts, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and pitcher David Price. So that one is a shrug emoji.

• To Trump’s credit, maybe he’s right about the White House becoming the opposite of the SI cover jinx. The Clemson football team hasn’t lost a game since it visited the White House and ate all that fast food. Neither has the Baylor women’s basketball team or North Dakota State’s football team since they visited a few weeks ago. None of those teams have played a game either, but let’s not worry about that part.

This, after all, is a White House that gave us the now-famous sound bite, “Truth isn’t truth.”

———

Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

More from Yahoo Sports:

 

Read Full Story