White House misspells Red Sox as ‘Red Socks’ for team’s Trump visit
A misspelling Thursday is irking some baseball fans.
The Boston Red Sox were due for a visit with President Donald Trump at 3:45 in the afternoon but the White House misspelled the team’s name as “Red Socks” on the schedule.
Ace White House staff work strikes again –> https://t.co/xRm6EOEIdh
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 9, 2019
“President Trump Welcomes the 2018 World Series Champions The Boston Red Socks to the White House,” read the schedule of events to be streamed live Thursday.
— Jennifer M. Wood (@j_m_wood) May 9, 2019
A link from that schedule web page pointed to a White House YouTube page where the spelling error was repeated.
The mistake has been corrected.
In case you’re wondering why the team spells their name as they do.
Why "Sox" instead of "Socks"? It stems from Noah Webster's desire to simplify spelling and distinguish American English from British English (efficiency!) and was propagated by Joseph Medill at the Chicago Tribune #RedSox #redsocks https://t.co/Wjn8KCDW0w
— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) May 9, 2019
The 2018 World Series championship team received the traditional presidential invitation but some team members have declined.
David Ortiz on why he wouldn't give Donald #Trump the photo op his former white teammates on the Boston #RedSox are doing today. “You don’t want to go and shake hands with a guy who is treating immigrants like [expletive]." https://t.co/LeZ45LaegC #RedSocks
— David Beard (@dabeard) May 9, 2019
The Boston Globe reported that Red Sox manager Alex Cora said the trip wouldn’t feel right given what he considers the Trump administration’s poor treatment of his native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Other players skipping the honor are Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez and Hector Velazquez, according to The Boston Globe.
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