David Price was back at it again on Twitter on Monday and it, of course, got the masses discussing his tweet’s deeper meaning.
These days, when a team wins a championship, the discussion of whether or not the organization will be attending the forthcoming White House visit becomes a hot button topic. And because it specifically revolves around the current–and some might say controversial–President of the United States, the topic of conversation only grows to a greater extent.
There have been a number of the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox who have already made it known that they will not be taking the time on their off day this Thursday to partake in this yearly tradition. Two of the members of the team who will not be headed to Washington DC this Thursday are Christian Vazquez and manager Alex Cora who both grew up in Puerto Rico.
It’s now known that a major portion of Cora’s reasoning is due to the way the United States has handled Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria which took place in 2017.
The manager was the most recent member of the organization who made it public that he will not be attending the trip. Following this announcement, longtime member of the Boston sports media, Steve Buckley of The Athletic, had sent out this tweet.
Alex Cora has confirmed newspaper report he will not make the trip to meet the president. So basically it’s the white Sox who’ll be going.
— Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) May 5, 2019
Red Sox starter, David Price–who again, is very active on social media–had this to say in response.
I just feel like more than 38k should see this tweet… https://t.co/BtbK0DNPQc
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) May 6, 2019
In first reading this, many people believed it was a shot at his white teammates who were still making the trip to America’s capital despite their teammates’ personal decisions. But Price later clarified that it was not directed at his teammates. Rather, it was a shot directed at Steve Buckley as laid out in this tweet by the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier.
David Price clarified his meaning behind the Tweet/retweet: ‘It was an insensitive Tweet that needs to be seen by more people. That’s what it was.’ https://t.co/g0rFXemllv
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) May 6, 2019
If there’s one thing we know about the 33-year-old former Cy Young winner, it’s that he’ll stick by his teammates in any and all situations. The statement above clears up a lot of muddy waters that many thought were created with Monday’s cryptic tweet.
Over the past few years, we’ve watched the world of sports become more and more political. But it appears as though–on the face of the matter anyway–that Price holds no gripes with those who visit the President this Thursday. But who knows what kind of news comes out at this point over the next two days. Because if 2019 is one thing, it’s heavily political no matter the situation.
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