Boston’s Cora celebrates in Puerto Rico
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico — Hundreds of arms stretched into the sky in the hometown of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora on Saturday as fans took pictures and video of the first man from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Series championship.
Cora held up the trophy that he had been cradling in his arms as he arrived in the city of Caguas with pitchers David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez and catcher Christian Vazquez, among others including Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
The Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 28 to win their fourth title in 15 years.
“They didn’t put any boundaries on their manager,” Cora told reporters. “They trusted a kid from Caguas, Puerto Rico.”
Before meeting with reporters, Cora got on stage and addressed the crowd, saying he heard stories about Puerto Ricans staying up until 4 a.m. to watch games. “And that excited me because I would think, ‘I’m not doing anything.’ Thank you for being here. Thank you for supporting us,” he said.