BOSTON — Christian Vazquez is the latest Boston Red Sox player who has decided not to attend the White House.
“I’m not going,” Vazquez told MassLive.com on Monday at Fenway Park. “Don’t ask why.”
The Red Sox will celebrate their 2018 World Series title next Thursday, May 9, at the White House with President Donald Trump. Vazquez was undecided until just recently. “Personal. It’s personal,” Vazquez said. “Nothing crazy but my opinion.”
Vazquez is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.Asked if his decision has to do with Trump’s remarks about Puerto Rico, Vazquez said, “I don’t know.”
Trump has tweeted about the death toll after Hurricane Maria, claiming that the number of deaths had been exaggerated.
Last year, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, called the tweets “disrespectful.” He also said that he was frustrated that the argument over the number of deaths had become political.
The President has said Puerto Rico received too much aide after the hurricane. Trump also has called Puerto Rico leaders “grossly incompetent” and San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz “crazed and incompetent.”