As the ​Red Sox take their visit to the ​White House to celebrate their World Series win, not all of their stars will be in attendance. Several players including Mookie Betts and David Price are boycotting the trip. Along with them, manager Alex Cora has also declined the invitation.


While some will disagree with their decision, Red Sox legend David Ortiz stood by their choices. In a recent interview with WEEI's Rob Bradford, Ortiz blasted the president by saying, “I’m an immigrant. You don't want to go and shake hands with a guy who is treating immigrants like (expletive).”

While Ortiz is quite critical of the president, he also understands that boycotting the visit is also a difficult decision. When asked about Cora's decision to pass on the visit, Ortiz told Bradford, "Alex is in a very tough spot, going there and acting like nothing is happening."


Cora also had his own reasons for declining the visit. As a Puerto Rico native, he pointed to Trump's handling of Hurricane Maria recovery as his reason for not attending. 


Ortiz agreed with Cora's sentiment as he said, "It's like you are going to shake hands with the enemy. Think about it, all the stuff that has been going on since (Trump) took office. People are angry. People are mad."

A good portion of the Red Sox organization will still be visiting the White House on Thursday. The team president and CEO Sam Kennedy tried to stress to the team that the visit did not need to be political.


Ortiz did not agree his Kennedy's plea, saying, "Once you see what is going in this country based on being an immigrant or being black, it's something that goes beyond going into the White House and shaking hands with the President."


Big Papi has three World Series championships to his name and has visited the White House multiple times. But, I think it's safe to say you wouldn't have seen him anywhere near the White House if he was still playing.