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Besides taking credit for the team’s recent winning streak, Trump also said visits to the White House had become the “opposite” of the so-called Sports Illustrated cover curse, a belief that being on the cover of the magazine causes players to underperform.
The Red Sox—who went through an early-season slump since winning the World Series last year—swept the Seattle Mariners in three straight games since visiting the White House last Thursday.
“Has anyone noticed that all the Boston @RedSox have done is WIN since coming to the White House! Others also have done very well. The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated! By the way, the Boston players were GREAT guys!” the president wrote on Monday morning.
Has anyone noticed that all the Boston @RedSox have done is WIN since coming to the White House! Others also have done very well. The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated! By the way, the Boston players were GREAT guys!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Ahead of the team’s visit to the White House, the Trump administration was mocked for misspelling the team’s name twice on its website and YouTube channel, writing “Red Socks” instead of “Red Sox.”
Later in the day, the White House sent out a transcript of the president’s remarks at the ceremony with a subject line claiming they were the “2018 World Cup Series Champions” instead of “World Series champions.”
First, the White House calls them the “Red Socks.” Now, they seem to be the “World Cup Series Champions” pic.twitter.com/oiZztyufs5— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) May 9, 2019
At least Trump tagged the team in his Monday tweet, avoiding the possibility of misspelling the name again.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).