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Alex Cora named 'Bostonian of the Year' for leading Red Sox to World Series in rookie season

Alex Reimer
December 21, 2018 - 11:06 am

Alex Cora can add another honor to his mantle. The Boston Globe has named the Red Sox skipper “Bostonian of the Year,” alongside freshman congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who will be the first African-American person to represent Massachusetts in Congress when she’s sworn in next year. 

Cora’s strong bond with his players was apparent throughout the season, and was on full display in the playoffs, when the team’s entire starting staff offered to pitch out of the bullpen on days when they weren’t scheduled to take the mound. According to 2018 Red Sox folklore, Nathan Eovaldi even said he was available to pitch out of the bullpen in Game 4 of the World Series, after his eight-inning relief appearance in Game 3.

In an interview with Boston Globe Magazine, Cora expanded on the special energy around the team last season.

“The whole World Series for us was like an American Legion summer team,” he told Neil Swidey. “Kids, parents, this and that — everybody. I think we spent like three hours after Game 5 on the field with everybody. We had so many kids everywhere, it was like the coolest thing ever. There was chanting in the clubhouse, and it took us forever to get to the clubhouse because we have everybody. That was so awesome. Players’ parents came up to me and were like, “Thank you for trusting my kid, thank you for what you’ve done.” That means that they actually talk to their parents (about our team culture). That was cool.”

Though the calendar will soon turn to 2019, last season’s championship squad, which won the most games in franchise history, has one more item on its agenda: the annual White House visit. Cora, who’s been critical of President Trump’s derogatory comments about Puerto Rico, said he will use his platform correctly when the club makes the trip.

“I will use the platform the right way,” he explained. “I haven’t embarrassed myself yet, I don’t think I’m going to embarrass myself or my countrymen or my country, but I’ll use it the right way. How? People have to wait and see. I have a lot of ideas. We have to wait and see. It’s nothing that people are going to be like, “What the hell is he doing?”

Nobody has asked that question of him yet.