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Emotional Alex Cora reflects on 'tough day' after tragic accident

Rob Bradford
July 29, 2018 - 4:55 pm

The Red Sox claimed another win Sunday, beating the Twins, 3-0, at Fenway Park. But even in the moments immediately after the game, the victory wasn't first and foremost on Alex Cora's mind.

Cora was still coming to grips with the news that one of his best friends and former University of Miami teammate J.D. Arteaga's 16-year-old son, Ari, was killed in a car accident Saturday night.

"I have to be honest. Today was a tough day for us as a family," an emotional Cora said. "I was thinking all about the game. There’s no coincidence that J.D. (Martinez) had three RBIs. J.D. Arteaga, the pitching coach from U of M (University of Miami), he’s my best friend. They adopted me, basically, when I moved to Miami. What happened to Ari, I can’t even explain it. It puts everything in perspective. You know, we get caught up in this madness that is the pennant race and the A.L. East and the Red Sox and the Yankees, but you know what? At the end, this is just baseball. I had a joy watching our guys play. They kind of calmed down. We knew him. There’s a lot of people here that know J.D. and Ari and to go through the night and all the phone calls and everything that happened with the kid, God bless him. He’s 16. He was 16, you know? My daughter is 15. I probably had the toughest call of my life this morning just to tell her what happened. So, I’m glad we won. I’m glad we were able to play and I was able to relax, but it’s been a tough day for me."

For more on the tragic accident in Miami, click here.

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