Alex Cora uses postgame to squash talk of a divided clubhouse

Rob Bradford
May 09, 2019 - 12:24 am

BALTIMORE -- You really get the feeling the Red Sox were looking forward to putting Thursday's trip to the White House in the rearview mirror.

For some time now there has been plenty of talk regarding how the divide when it comes to which players go to Washington, D.C. and those who don't might impact the Red Sox. But following the Red Sox' 12-inning, 2-1 win over the Orioles, manager Alex Cora was quick to point to the Wednesday night win as an example of how the event hasn't separated his group.

"You know like this was very gratifying today," Cora said. "There’s been a lot of talk about what’s going on tomorrow, the clubhouse being divided, race, politics, whatever. Those kids went out there and they played their heart out. We know who we are in the clubhouse. We know a lot of people doubt that. But like last year, we cancel the noise, we show up every day, and we play. I was watching the game, and I was like, ‘You know what, yeah.’ It was cool. For everybody that’s talking about us, the situation, crushing us throughout the week, well, they played extra innings. They didn’t give in. and you see them in the clubhouse, they’re celebrating Heath (Hembree) because of the first save, they’re celebrating Jackie, and now, we go. There’s a group that’s going home, and there’s a group going to the White House. And on Friday, we get back – get back to playing baseball."

Cora's examples were no accident with Hembree serving as one of the players who is a self-proclaimed supporter of President Donald Trump, while Jackie Bradley Jr. won't be attending the White House celebration.