Heath Hembree, the relief pitcher, was asked by TMZ last year whether or not he’d go to the White House after the team won the World Series. He responded, "Hell yeah. I f*** with Trump."
When asked what he liked about Trump, Hembree responded, "Everything!"
The 30-year-old was interviewed on Saturday on a local radio show and said, "It is what it is. I don’t give a [expletive]. I could have worded it better for my younger audience," he said. "I could have worded it better or for my image — although I don’t really care about that. I don’t regret what I said. It could have been worded differently, but I don’t regret it."
He admitted in the interview that he did not expect his intial comment to get picked up by so many media outlets since he’s a “middle reliever.”
“But I guess they are going to try and make a story out of something,” he said, according to Boston.com.
In the meantime, the team said it consulted with Major League Baseball and the White House and rescheduled the trip to May 9, an off-day after a three-game series in Baltimore.
The Associated Press contributed to this report