Photo courtesy Boston Red Sox

Alex Cora picks Bill Belichick's brain on what it takes to win back-to-back titles

John Tomase
November 05, 2018 - 9:46 am

No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the Yankees won three straight from 1998-2000.

If Alex Cora wants to break that trend, he knows whom to ask: Bill Belichick.

Cora and the Red Sox toted the World Series trophy around Gillette Stadium before the Patriots’ 31-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday night. And Cora spent some pregame time picking Belichick’s brain about the only topic that will matter to the Red Sox next season.

“I told him, ‘We have to catch up because you know a lot about this back-to-back stuff,” Cora told Peter King. “You have to fill me in how we keep the team focused and how can we do this.’”

Cora also shared what he admires about Belichick, and what he sees as a similarity between the two men.

“The way you see him in silence,” Cora told King. “He’s thinking. He’s calm, very calm. That’s what people say about me. Don’t show emotion, don’t get too high, don’t get too low. Biggest moments of the game, be the same.”

While it’s true that Cora and Belichick are both unflappable, that’s probably where the similarities end. But if Cora can duplicate Belichick’s feat of 2003-04, when the Patriots became the last NFL team to repeat, they’ll be mentioning the two of them even more frequently in the same breath.