Boston Red Sox fans seem to still be divided over President Donald Trump as was evident during a Friday night game in Fenway Park.
Divisions in the baseball world champions team over a White House trip to celebrate their 2018 World Series win with the president seemed to carry over to their game against the Seattle Mariners on Friday, as a “Trump 2020” banner unfurled by fans was quickly torn down by others attending the game.
— Reilly (@Pros_and_Kons) May 11, 2019
The red-white-and-blue banner was displayed from an upper deck at Boston’s Fenway Park just before the sixth inning, as the moment was captured and posted on social media.
But within minutes, the banner was pulled down by fans directly below the deck. The move created a cheer from those in the nearby sections.
Video: Fans at Fenway take down re-election banner for current US president, unfurled before the start of the 6th inning of Red Socks-Mariners game. pic.twitter.com/Kpc0CpTW1s
— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) May 11, 2019
Some chumskulls just unfurled a Trump 2020 banner at this Red Sox game and I’m livid. This is why you don’t go to the White House, @RedSox
But on plus side, sign got ripped down pretty quick. pic.twitter.com/g2rI0lwrtG
— Salty Woman (@HeyShayToday) May 11, 2019
There was no official response to the incident and it didn’t appear to affect the game which saw Boston with a 14-1 win. But it seemed to confirm that Boston Red Sox fans seem just as divided as the team over their feelings toward the president.
Trump hosted the team on Thursday for their defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year’s World Series game, but not all members attended the ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Most of the team’s black and Hispanic players joined manager Alex Cora in opting out of the invitation as a protest against alleged racist rhetoric by the president.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2019
Many liberal fans of the team who are not fans of Trump applauded the decision to decline by players including 2018 American League Most Valuable Player Mookie Betts, star pitcher David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, Hector Velazquez, Xander Bogaerts, Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez as well as Cora who is Puerto Rican.
But many also slammed the team members who opted to take advantage of the honor of visiting with the president of the United States at the White House, calling them out for not standing by their team. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts debated the issue the next morning with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough bemoaning the lack of “unity” the team displayed.
Mika & Joe upset ‘white’ Red Sox players had the gall to take once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit WH https://t.co/Fq06wBpvty
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 10, 2019
That division was still apparent at Fenway Park on Friday and social media echoed the sentiments, with both support and criticism battling it out over the “Trump 2020” banner that was momentarily displayed.
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) May 11, 2019
So the ‘keep politics outta sports’ crowd really doesn’t wanna keep politics outta sports.
— Joseph (@joetweets1987) May 11, 2019
— Beth Ann (@BastanarAnn) May 11, 2019
Awesome that it was torn down
— Catherine Archis (@CatherineArchis) May 11, 2019
A ballpark is not the place for political messages
— MOONSHOT CHAVIS ? (@MoonshotBrock) May 11, 2019
Every place in America is a great place for Trump advertisements. America is back! ??
— Political Genius (@PoliticalGeni10) May 11, 2019
As a Red Sox fan and a Trump supporter I absolutely love this!
— Anne Marie (@Anne04260426) May 11, 2019
I don’t want politics in my baseball game. Take it down
— Lorraine Frigoletto (@LorraineNECM) May 11, 2019
Banners like this and politics do not belong at a baseball game. Especially at a Red Sox game where their manager is from a country Trump continues to neglect in Puerto Rico.. it is very insensitive.
— Gregory Pearsoll (@GPJaysfan) May 11, 2019
— FrancesR (@XavXid1) May 11, 2019
Making Fenway Great Again!
— American Miracle (@NJvoter2020) May 11, 2019
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