Bos­ton’s Cora cel­e­brates in Puerto Rico

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

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.

Alex Cora

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