Boston, MA– Donald Trump is a classic narcissist who, during his tenure as POTUS, has claimed responsibility for many events that he certainly had nothing to do with. After all, he insists that the improving economy and job rate are because of him, despite the fact that economic indicators have been pretty consistently on the uptick since the end of the recession in 2010. No matter. Trump’s narcissism and desperate need to be the center of attention even reaches to the realm of sports. Sad.
Just when we thought this drama between the Boston Red Sox and Trump was over, we got pulled back into the thick of it via Twitter. Some background: the Red Sox were definitely struggling when they headed into their visit to the White House to celebrate last year’s title, but there is also no denying that they were already steadily improving (much like the economy Trump inherited). The starting pitching has been dynamite since the end of April and the team was winning with much more consistency than they were at the season’s outset. Then, they went to the White House.
In response to the team’s hot streak, a few days after their visit, Trump tweeted, “Has anyone noticed that all the Boston Red Sox have done is win since coming to the White House! [sic] Others also have done very well. The White House visit is becoming the opposite of being on the cover of Sports lllustrated! By the way, the Boston players were great guys.”
And yes, it is true that the team has been scorching hot since the White House visit, storming back into the top of the American League East.
But there is a quite bit wrong with his suggestion of a direct correlation. For one, as I already mentioned, the Red Sox had already been improving. For another, many of the major contributors to the team’s hot streak, David Price, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, were all absent from the White House honor. How does Trump explain their resurgence then? The truth is, he cannot. The Red Sox were at the White House because they were a great team last year. It was only a matter of time before they were good again.
So let’s not get carried away about any correlation with a White House visit. After all, it would have to work both ways. Now it appears that the team is beginning to fall back down to earth. Is Trump responsible for that, too? Did he become a reverse jinx and should have just kept his mouth shut?
Causality is hard to prove. Still, after a deeply scientific analysis that took about six seconds, we are fairly certain that zero correlation, positive or negative, exists between the White House visit and the Red Sox' performance.