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Red Sox manager Alex Cora talks good friend Dustin Pedroia: 'I'm the manager, he's a player'

John Tomase
November 06, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Alex Cora has a history with Red Sox ownership and some members of the front office. There's also still one player left who suited up alongside him during his own Red Sox career from 2005-08 -- second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Cora was a utility player in 2006, when Pedroia reached the big leagues, and 2007, when he overcame a slow start to be named Rookie of the Year. The two have a close relationship, but Cora explained how that won't impact his ability to be Pedroia's boss in his new role as Red Sox manager.

"I want to make this clear. The relationship with me and Dustin Pedroia is going to be forever," Cora said. "Kelli Pedroia with my kids, that relationship is always going to be there. I love that kid, I love his family, they've been amazing for us, and that's not going to change. As a player, I think Pedey always looked up to me as a mentor, as a teacher. That's not going to change. He understands that back in the day when he was hitting .120 and everyone wanted me to play every day, and he was not the Laser Show, I was the one supporting him. Me and Mike Lowell, we were helping him out. Noting is going to change."

Noting that, "he's older now, he has a bad hair-do," Cora said that he has spoken to Pedroia since getting the job. He's excited to work with his old friend, but he knows there will be limits, once Pedroia returns from knee surgery that is expected to sideline him until Memorial Day.

"He understands that I'm the manager and he's a player," Cora said. "I'm looking forward to managing him. With the attitude he brings, with the passion he has for the game, all he can do is help. We need him healthy, that's the most important thing, but when Dustin Pedrioa's healthy, he can help any team. I'm happy he's on my team."