Mookie Betts, who accepted his American League MVP hardware at the BBWAA dinner in New York on Saturday, said he does not plan to attend the Red Sox’s visit to the White House, reported The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.
The Red Sox were scheduled to visit the White House on Feb. 15. But the trip has been postponed until Boston’s road trip to play the Baltimore Orioles in May because of the government shutdown.
The government reopened Friday, but President Donald Trump placed a Feb. 15 deadline to get a deal done with Congress for a border wall.
The Red Sox visit the Baltimore Orioles from May 6-8. They have an off day on May 9.
During the dinner, Betts said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey, “It’s gratifying to stand up here and accept my MVP Award in the year the Boston Red Sox won the World Series — and especially to do that here in New York.”