Alex Cora Says Puerto Rico is Reason for White House Decision

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(WEEI) -- Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora won't be attending the White House on Thursday as the team is honored for winning the World Series. He and several players have opted to skip the visit and will return to Boston after Wednesday's game.

Appearing Wednesday on "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria," Cora explained his decision, and within his explanation noted how some of the information regarding how much the United States government has helped his native Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria is not accurate.

"The government has helped," he said. "There are certain places that are in great shape. San Juan, the tourist part of it, the hotels and all that stuff. But when you go into the country, you go to the mountains ... right now, most of the (towns) don't have electricity. It is very hard to get to that place. It is in the mountains. There are a lot of places like that back home.

"For me, just being around the island and knowing what is going on, how people are, it doesn't feel right. The government has helped, but we have a long way to go. I put it in capital letters, this is our reality. I am the guy that has lived it. I am down there in the offseason and understand how it is. I just don't feel right going to celebrate while people are struggling back home."

Cora added: "I don't want to point fingers or name names, or whatever, but the information that is floating (around) is not accurate. We haven't been perfect. We know that. I have lived it. I have said it in this platform with you guys, and somebody asked me two days ago on a bigger platform back home and I was honest with it. Honestly, there's a lot of stuff that is going on information-wise, 'We did this, we didn't do that. We gave this money. We got that money.'

"In the end, if we're being honest, it is not the money, it's not what you have done, it is the people back home who are struggling."

The Red Sox manager was also adamant it hasn't caused a divide within the clubhouse between players who are going and players who aren't.

"That's not the case," he said. "We're in a good place. Some guys are going home tonight. Some guys are going home tomorrow night and that is the way we're going to do it."

By Ryan Hannable