BOSTON – For the manager Alex Cora, of the Boston Red Sox, the signal that the Major League Baseball playoffs are red hot was a text message sent by the New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, wishing you good luck.
“That was like the most memorable thing of the year,” Cora exclaimed before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. “I got the text message from a random phone code. To be honest, it feels great that someone of her status wished good luck.”
Cora added that Belichick sent him a message before Tuesday’s wild-card win over the New York Yankees, and sent him another afterward. While the two coaches have met multiple times, including when the Red Sox team that won the 2018 World Series was honored before a Patriots game, “this is more personal,” Cora said.
The pilot added that he saw a different side of Belichick than the image of a serious coach he shows before the media. Cora, who has a World Series champion ring as a Boston player and another as the manager, responded to reporters whether he would take Belichick’s position should he win a couple more titles.
“I don’t promise you,” he said, “but I don’t think I’m going to change.”