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Alex Cora brings World Series trophy to Puerto Rico

November 04, 2018 - 9:11 am

As promised, Alex Cora brought his trophy home.

The Red Sox manager joined a group from his championship-winning franchise in taking a day to celebrate the World Series win in Cora's native Puerto Rico. The Red Sox offered the following release regarding the trip:

In a continuation of the 2018 World Series Championship celebration, Red Sox Manager Alex Cora and Chairman Tom Werner, in partnership with JetBlue, brought the 2018 World Series trophy to Cora’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico, on Saturday, November 3. The event drew over 5,000 residents in the Paseo de las Artes city square. 

"The support I have from my family, friends, and neighbors in Caguas has been incredible," said Cora. "It was important for me to bring the trophy home so they can be part of the celebration. Without them and their support, none of the success I’ve enjoyed would be possible. I couldn’t be more grateful to Red Sox ownership for making this trip possible, and to JetBlue for always answering the call when it comes to my island. I’m grateful to have Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy, and the support of so many of my players, coaches and front office members on this trip. Thank you for helping me share this championship with my community."

"This has been such an historic season and Alex has been a critical part of the success," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "The only thing more important to Alex than baseball is the relationship he has with his family and his community in Caguas. I am so glad we were able to be part of this special moment with him in his hometown. It was a joy to experience the pride this city has for him during this wonderful celebration.”

Joining Cora on the trip were Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, and four Red Sox players and coaches, including Assistant Hitting Coach Andy Barkett; Advance Scouting/Statistical Analysis Coach Ramon Vazquez; Second Baseman Eduardo Nunez; Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez; and Catcher Christian Vazquez. 

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres greeted Cora, Werner, and the group at the San Juan airport upon landing and escorted them to Caguas, located about 16 miles south of San Juan. In Caguas, the group boarded a JetBlue-themed parade float that brought them to the Paseo de las Artes city square where over 5,000 residents were gathered for the event.

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