Red Sox Manager Alex Cora Gone, Never Forgotten
Some of the outrage exhibited by the Boston sports outrage machine concerning Alex Cora has been, in a word, outrageous. I'll give you some positives from his Sox career in an effort to try give perspective on this cheating scandal as a sad occasion, instead of one to scream and rant about.
He and Dustin Pedroia are the only Red Sox to own World Series rings from 2007 and 2018. Pedroia has three rings (2013 as well) but Cora has one as a back up infielder when they swept The Colorado Rockies in '07 and one as a manager ('18).
I was never a fan of 'All-Star Shortstop' Edgar Renteria. I always thought of him as overrated and his performance in the 2004 World Series AGAINST the Sox served to prove my opinion.
When The Red Sox acquired him, seemingly minutes after he weakly grounded out to end the 2004 series, I was perplexed and angry.
Sure enough, Renteria's 2005 campaign with Boston was sub-par. In July of that year the Sox acquired Alex Cora through a trade with Cleveland and he was a breath of fresh air.
Renteria would be a one and done with Boston while Cora stayed for the next 3 seasons.
Most of the 'Hot Takes' crowd are seemingly placing him among the worst criminals in history of the world.
I do not.
His punishment, still not officially administered by Major League Baseball, will never erase my positive memories of Alex Cora.