Red Sox somber after dealing with player's family emergency

Rob Bradford
February 27, 2019 - 10:24 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Tragedy has evidently hit Red Sox camp again.

The team announced that it had previously closed clubhouse access to the media because of a player's family emergency. No further details were given.

Meeting with the media Red Sox manager Alex Cora talked for nine minutes about the struggle that the team is enduring, also offering a reflective message about the importance of the organization staying together as a family.

The following is what Cora had to say:

"It’s tough. It’s very tough. We went through Nick (Cafardo), and now we’re going through this. It’s not easy, honestly. Just start thinking the same things I said last week, same feelings today. Same feelings. The one thing about the group, I just, David (Price) put it in 150 characters. That’s who we are. That’s how we feel about each other. For everything that we went through last year, it was awesome but the coolest thing is we really became a family. You start looking at everything we went through, it was amazing, but there’s certain days that you look back and you’re like, yeah, that’s what makes this special. The same way they were there for me when JD’s son passed away, they were there for me, the same way I’m going to be there for them. I talk about family in the World Series, how special it was just having parents come up to me and tell me how proud or saying thank you because of where the kid is and all that. It hurts. It’s tough. It’s something that I know it’s part of this because it’s life. I said it last week. It’s not about what happens on the field. It’s the other stuff that happens and we’re going to have some great days and then we’re going to have some tough days but at the end, we do care about each other. We turn the page on whatever happens on the field and we’re very close. We’re very close. That’s a special group in there. They’re very special. They’re very close and they spend time together and yeah, we’ll be OK, we know that. It puts everything in perspective again. It’s just a game. Yeah, it’s a tough day. It’s a tough day."

"I’ve been … I thought about it the whole offseason, to forget repeat and all that. I really don’t care about all that. I know who we are as a baseball team. How talented we are and the things we can do on the field. If you look back, last year, I mean, we didn’t have to go through a lot negative. So you know when you sign that contract, it’s a little bit different than being a head coach in college because in college you become your guardian. That coach better take care of my kid.

"The way I approach this job, I said it right away there’s not a line here. That whole thing about being too close. And that’s why. This is why. Because I know I’m going to run the game and we’re going to prepare for games and all that but there’s more.

"I’ve been reading this book, Kevin knows about it, it’s about Pep Guardiola, the Spanish football coach. A good friend of mine told me to go read that book. He knew why and now that I’m into the book I know why he recommended that book. He played for Barcelona. He was unreal with them. He became a legend. When he played they called them the Dream Team. They were amazing. And then he became a coach. For how great he was … Don’t take this to something else, but the way he put it is like is he can only coach that team for only four years, for a short period of time because of emotions and stuff. I’m not saying I want to manage only for four years but reading the book and the things that he said, for some reason … I’m a believer. I think God has control of everything and there’s a reason I started reading that. I’m not a reader. Stuff like this is part of it. It’s part of it. 

"I’ll never question God’s plans. I will never question him. But at the same time, you think sometimes like ‘Why?’ Not in the way of questioning his plan, but why is this happening? You know what I mean. It’s part of the equation. It’s part of the job. One thing for sure, we have great support from ownership to all the people in the family room. We’re in this together. We can say all the cliches, we’re family. But we are. We care about each other. We pay attention to what is happening to the families and the kids and everything. It sucks. But it’s part of it and we’re here for each other. 

(On the difficulty of the day) "Very hard. Just like you guys. It’s not like it wasn’t hard for us but obviously, Nick was closer to you guys so probably the same deal. We’ll go through our preparation and that group goes up there and we’ll go here. We’ll play the game and be there for each other. It’s going to be a hard day. It’s not going to be a fun day."