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Alex Cora on David Price: 'The whole clubhouse thing, we'll be fine'

Rob Bradford
November 06, 2017 - 2:56 pm

Alex Cora wants to start fresh. But he also knows that a big part of the conversation heading into 2018 still has something to do with last season.

Following his introductory press conference, announcing the 42-year-old as the newest Red Sox manager, Cora took questions on how he viewed one of the most controversial issues throughout the Sox' 93-win season -- David Price's relationship with the media.

"I talked to David right before Game 1. We talked, just to touch base. For me, it's unfair to talk about what happened last year. It's in the past. I'm here to move forward," Cora said. "Looking forward to talk with him. He went to Vanderbilt and Joey [Cora] did too, so we have a connection. He's a talented kid. He singled-handedly almost beat us in the playoffs, and the way he threw the ball with conviction, I'll take that. The whole clubhouse thing, we'll be fine. I think you guys know me. You guys know how I dealt with Manny [Ramirez] with all the situations. We tried to bring this thing together. We're going to be fine. I look forward to meeting him, honestly.

"Honestly, I want to meet him. I want to talk with him. This is about the 2018 Red Sox and moving forward and this guy is very important for me. Whatever I can do to help him out, I'm going to be there for him. And at the same time, whatever I can do for him to be successful, I have to be there for him."

During the formal portion of the press conference, Cora did address how he hoped the clubhouse culture would evolve with him as the manager of the Red Sox.

"For them to get along," he said. "I think that relationships, they can't be only baseball relationships, you've got to care about each other, that's the most important thing, the years I played here, you guys felt like Mikey Lowell and myself, we were the bridge on those teams. We got along with everybody, it really didn't matter because at the end of the day we knew that baseball is baseball and you have to win games but there is more about baseball. Like I said before, I have guys that call me and they care about me and they were very happy for me because i'm here. That's where it starts, those relationships, the thing about the clubhouse, the one thing I would love is to hear music after the game when we win. That's the cool part of the whole thing. Play music. Enjoy, enjoy the moment because at the end of the day to win a big-league ballgame is hard, it's hard enough and if you don't enjoy it, if you don't have fun doing it, it's going to get to the point where it's going to be like 'blah, this is not fun,' so we're going to celebrate when we win and hopefully we'll celebrate that last win at the end of the season, too."

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