Álex Cora is doing the right thing, in every way

Álex Cora is doing the right thing, in every way

The third game of the American League Championship Series left several key moments for the Red Sox and the manager’s wake-up call to Eduardo Rodríguez stood out.

The Boston Red Sox took the lead 2-1 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros with an offensive display like never before in a game that finished 12 runs for 3.

But during the first innings of the game, shouts of “cheater” were heard in Fenway Park, a label that has dogged the Astros for the sign-stealing scandal for which they took action in early 2020.

The manager of the Red Sox was one of those affected since Alex Cora appeared in the report on events that occurred in 2017 when he was a bench coach for the Houston team.

And now we are in 2021 and an interesting rivalry has been created between Astros and Red Sox for everything that happened both on and off the field of play.

Alex Cora’s decisions are paying off and the last two games are proof of this, resulting in that on offense, he is “the best we’ve been all season” according to his own words.

In addition, one of his best decisions was the election of the Venezuelan Eduardo Rodriguez as a starter for game three, a choice that paid off with a quality six-inning outing of five hits, seven strikeouts and three runs conceded.

And one of the moments of the match precisely came in the final out of E-Rod’s performance, when he dominated the Puerto Rican. Carlos Correa to conclude the sixth inning of the match with the one-sided 9-for-3 encounter.

When he got off the mound, Rodríguez pointed to his right wrist, replicating the gesture Correa had made after his home run in the first game of the series, which caused manager Alex Cora’s expression to change in less than a second, going from applause to his starting pitcher to a disapproving gesture and a couple of clear shouts of NO !, although fans can.

Upon reaching the cave, it was possible to appreciate how words came to his pitcher, perhaps of respect for the rival or reminding him that to do this, the series must be finished first. Perhaps also thinking of his compatriot and that such a gesture, with the one-sided match, would not make him feel good at all. More than anger from Cora, it was a wake-up call.

And he did the right thing. The series is a best of seven games, and while the Red Sox have an advantage, that team knows perhaps more than any other that that can change at any time. Alex Cora is doing the right thing, in every sense.

On his birthday with his 17th victory as a manager in the postseason and only 5 losses (.773), he becomes the manager with the best record in his first 22 games in these functions. There are only six more victories left for the Puerto Rican to reach a special place in Red Sox history.

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