BOSTON -- The Red Sox have accepted an invitation to be honored at the White House next year, according to team president Sam Kennedy.
The team hasn't yet determined when it will visit Washington, D.C. According to Kennedy, the Sox are looking at the logistics of the trip and could either do a day trip at some point during spring training or build a visit into an early-season trip to play the Orioles in nearby Baltimore.
The Sox have one off day during spring training on March 11. Their first visit to Baltimore is from May 6-8, with an off day following the three-game set on May 9.
Kennedy stressed that the team will not require its players to attend the ceremony.
"Like in the past, it's an invitation," Kennedy said. "It's not (mandatory). It's a great opportunity for the players and for ownership. It's a great opportunity for those guys to go to the White House, get a behind-the-scenes tour and get the recognition they deserve for a World Championship."
Sox manager Alex Cora, who was critical of President Donald Trump after his comments about Puerto Rico in September, will attend the ceremony.
"I'm gonna use my platform the right way," Cora said. "I'm not gonna embarrass anybody. Actually, I'm gonna represent 4 million people from back home the right way when we go there. We just have to wait and see when we do go."
Other championship-winning teams, like the 2017 and 2018 Golden State Warriors and 2018 Philadelphia Eagles, did not celebrate at the White House. The 2017 Patriots did go, but quarterback Tom Brady was notably absent.