President Donald Trump welcomed the Boston Red Sox to the White House on Thursday, honoring their 2018 World Series victory.
“Over the course of the 2018 season, the Red Sox were frankly – they were unstoppable,” Trump said. “I watched.”
The fans cheered wildly after Trump noted that the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, although he said he would remain “neutral” during the ceremony despite being a Yankees fan.
Outfielder J. D. Martinez presented Trump with a branded Red Sox jersey, thanking the president for honoring the team.
“I know celebrating a Red Sox victory is tough for you, given that you’re a Yankees fan and all, but I really wanted to say thank you for your hospitality today,” he said, as the crowd laughed.
The event was held on the South Portico of the White House, as fans of the team gathered to watch the celebration.
“You’ve got a lot of fans over here,” Trump said, as the crowd cheered.
The president praised Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for his performance in the historically long 18 innings of game three of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Trump recalled Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale rallying the team when they were down in the World Series in Game 4, as the Dodgers came back to win.
“I heard it was a hell of a pep talk. We have children here, so I’m not going to talk about it, but it worked,” Trump said about their amazing comeback win.
“He’s doing well this year, when it counts, he really does well,” Trump said. “Those are the ones we really like.”
Some rain fell as the president emerged from the White House and joined the team.
“A little bit of rain is ok, we might wipe out a suit, but that’s all right too … you don’t need umbrellas, I know that,” Trump said.
Trump also said that he would take the team for a tour of the White House, including the Lincoln Bedroom
“You’re not supposed to be showing it,” he said but added that he would lead the tour himself.
Trump praised the team’s new winning dynasty that began in 2004, their first win after 86 years of a drought of a World Series championship.
He acknowledged that other Boston sports teams were bringing home record championships, referring to the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins.
“This has to be the best time to be a Boston fan,” Trump said.