Alex Cora has his second introductory press conference with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Yankees fans…yikes.
New York Yankees fans thought their hatred of Alex Cora plateaued after he won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2018 and was canned a year later after being revealed as one of the main culprits in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
Then we hated him more after he was banned from baseball for only a year for his actions that no doubt warranted a much bigger punishment. Then we hated him even more when we knew he was returning to manage the Red Sox, only to watch the whole reunion transpire hidden in between news updates about the highly contested presidential election.
We thought it would end there, but boy, were we wrong. Cora’s re-introductory press conference with the Red Sox happened on Tuesday and we had to listen to his garbage.
“Wasn’t the right way.” That’s all the guy has to say. No apology — because “All I can do right now is apologize” is not an apology — and no proper adjectives to describe his once-in-a-half-century illegal acts that compromised the integrity of an entire sport.
It’s extremely depraved that the Red Sox unquestionably think this is “their guy” because they didn’t waste a second this offseason in firing Ron Roenicke and hopping on a private jet to coax (did it even take any convincing??) Cora to manage the team again.
And better yet, he had the gall to claim he didn’t bring any of the Astros’ 2017 cheating tactics to Boston in 2018. While there wasn’t overarching evidence to incriminate the Red Sox after their historic 108-win campaign and demolition of the game’s best teams in the postseason en route to a championship, there were still some infractions, which resulted in the organization firing a video operator.
You didn’t feel like a less talented team in the Red Sox needed to do something like that? The Astros already pretty much had the best roster in baseball, and while Boston was indeed among the most potent lineups in baseball, the team won one playoff game from 2014-2017 and had a 335-313 record over that span.
So, you’re right, Alex. We don’t believe you. We saw what happened to you and the Sox in 2019 when there was a 24-game drop-off with essentially the same roster, and we can expect more production of that caliber (or worse) with this hobbling version of the team without Mookie Betts, David Price, and literally no bullpen.