A star Boston Red Sox outfielder has announced that he'll be skipping his team's visit to the White House to see President Trump this spring.
The Red Sox, who defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series this past fall, are scheduled to visit the White House to celebrate their championship this spring.
Mookie Betts, the American League Most Valuable Player, will not be making the trip with his team.
"Betts said the BBWAA dinner, for him, closed the book on last season. He's ramping up his workouts and plans to be in the Fort on Feb. 12. Betts also said he would not attend the White House visit," Pete Abraham tweeted.
The Red Sox were scheduled to visit the White House in February, but the team's president, Sam Kennedy, said it didn't feel appropriate to make the trip with the government shutdown.
“You’ve got 800,000 federal workers who are not working right now,” Kennedy said. “Some working, some not working but not receiving paychecks. It’s hit people hard in the New England area. So just not sure it’s appropriate to be celebrating in such a public way while there’s people who are struggling right now. So that’s been the internal conversation.”
The Red Sox are now scheduled to make the trip in early May after a series against the Baltimore Orioles.