Alex Cora on current issues in Puerto Rico: 'I feel more worried now than when [Hurricane] Maria went by'

Ryan Hannable
July 16, 2019 - 6:13 pm

It's been about two years since Hurricane Maria devastated Red Sox manager Alex Cora's native country of Puerto Rico, but what's going on now has him even more concerned.

Over the weekend, around 900 pages of text messages between governor Ricardo Rossello and 11 male aides and advisors leaked, which contained homophobic and misogynistic slurs, as well as comments about Hurricane Maria victims. 

Now, many are calling for his resignation with protests turning violent as Rossello insists he won't.

“It’s not easy to watch what is going on," Cora said Tuesday. "I am disappointed, mad. Sometimes I wonder like where are we going? I got my kids who I am not planning on moving from there, but you see what is going on and you’re like, ‘What is going to happen?’ At the same time, we’ve been through this before as a country. The only thing I can tell the people back home and the people who live in the states is to stay together.

"It’s kind of sad that I feel more worried now than when Maria went by because when Maria went by the only one that had control over it was God. Now, it’s tough to understand that we’re in this situation when the people that put us in the situation was the people who were elected by our country. It’s embarrassing, too. I am a proud Puerto Rican. We’re going to be fine. It just sucks to watch and see what is going on.”

Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which resulted in the deaths of at least 2,975 people.

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