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Alex Cora on OMF responds to Astros' shady business in ALCS: 'Paranoia is working for us'

Ryan Hannable
October 19, 2018 - 4:53 pm

Earlier in the week, it was learned an Astros employee trying to spy on the Red Sox was removed from a media-credentialed area during Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park.

Speaking in Houston prior to Game 4, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said his organization was "playing defense," insinuating they were trying to catch the Red Sox in the act of doing something illegal.

On Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Friday afternoon, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was asked for his thoughts on the matter, and he said it didn't bother him. In fact, the Red Sox did things during the series to increase Houston's paranoia.

“I took it the other way around because they openingly said that they were playing defense," he said. "They said they were checking on us if we were stealing signs, or doing something wrong in the dugout. … I took it the other way around. I was like, ‘Paranoia is working for us.' Like they are panicking. Throughout the series we did a lot of stuff as far as like dummy signs and all this stuff to keep the paranoia going.

"That is part of the game — tipping, stealing signs, relaying pitches and paying attention to details. That is the way I took it. If they feel that way about us, we might as well push the envelope and keep doing a lot of things that are going to make them uncomfortable and you saw it. They kept changing signs and the tempo of the games was awful, but that worked into our advantage, I think.”

The Red Sox ended up by winning four straight games to win the ALCS and advance to the World Series against the Dodgers or Brewers.

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