It has been exactly 2 weeks since the Red Sox 9th inning rally was cut short, along with the 2017 season. The Sox put up a valiant effort, but fell short to the now American League Champion Houston Astros.
While it wasn’t the outcome that Boston fans wanted, it is hard to be unhappy about an AL East Division title and a 90+ win season. However, Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox front office felt very differently. After back-to-back division titles and a World Series win, John Farrell got the boot from the Red Sox organization.
John Farrell played his final game in a Red Sox uniform in game 4 of the ALDS, during which he was ejected after arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. Needless to say, it was not a majestic finish to his season and Red Sox career.
So you may wonder why such a “successful” manager was given the boot after what some other teams would consider a remarkable tenure. It’s because he was a manager in Boston. As other Red Sox managers can attest to, being a skipper in Boston is extremely difficult with constant criticism.
Boston fans like to win, and they will let people know that. And with an organization that has the money to ensure wins, anything short of a championship is a failure. So what did the Red Sox need to do? They needed to find someone who can handle Boston fans, Boston media, Boston’s expectation of greatness, and bring a championship back to this city.
And who better to do that than a former Boston World Series champion, Alex Cora. Cora played for the Red Sox from 2005-2008, including the 2007 World Series team. You may also know him as the current bench coach for the newly crowned AL Champion Houston Astros.
The Astros will be hard at work this week, trying to take home the organization’s first ever World Series title. The Red Sox are hoping that Cora will bring that championship mentality back to Boston. As a man who knows the game, the organization, and the city, Cora is a fan favorite to take the helm of the 2018 Sox.
The Red Sox organization hopes that the 42-year old, Puerto Rico native will bring a breath of fresh air to this ball club. His passion for the sport is something that will undoubtedly please Boston fans. Upon being named Red Sox manager, Cora said (in part):
Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans.
Alex, you are not alone! We are happy to have you back too. You will be warmly welcomed in Boston. It will get intense at times and fans will be passionate, but who could want baseball any other way?
As a side note, I think it is a good sign that one of Cora’s sons is named Xander… that name sounds familiar!