Alex Cora is more excited than he is willing to reveal. He wants to pump his fist and clap, he wants to say more, but there is unfinished business.
The Red Sox need to record eight more wins before Cora is willing to let it all out. His Red Sox need to beat the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, then whoever might be awaiting them from the National League.
So, for now, Cora will bottle up his emotions and stay focused on the task in front of him — a date with his former employer from Houston. Maybe it was his unwillingness to show his hand or a momentary lapse in concentration amidst the excitement of beating the arch rival Yankees but, when asked, Cora seemed to forget who the Astros were.
“I don’t know too much about them,” he said. “What they did to the Indians, that was impressive. It seems like they’re playing their best baseball of the season at the right time. They’re a complete team.”
That’s and odd comment. Cora was the bench coach in Houston last season. He has a World Series ring. We may look stupid, but we’re not that stupid, Alex.
ALEX CORA Q&A
How much of an achievement was that tonight for your team?
ALEX CORA: A lot of people gave up on us after losing Game 2, and we showed up yesterday, and we did an outstanding job, and tonight we had our plan mapped out. They stay in the moment. They play the right way. We have a great team. We count on everybody, and it was a great team victory.
How proud are you of this team?
ALEX CORA: Very proud. It took 26 guys to win this series. Like I’ve been saying all along, we’re a complete team, and we count on everybody to win games. The last two games, if you think about it, it was fun to watch.
I know you guys were coy about it when asked before Game 3, but given that in your clubhouse you’re playing “New York, New York” during the celebration, did that resonate with you maybe more than you guys let on after Game 2, Judge playing it?
ALEX CORA: Not with me, but I know they talk about it. When Dustin brought it up, I said, Well, they know it happened. I don’t know if they took it personal, but we played “Dirty Water” at Yankee Stadium, and they would have clinched in Fenway, they would have played “Dirty Water” in their clubhouse.
Are you looking forward to playing the Astros, and do you have any inside notes that may help?
ALEX CORA: I don’t know too much about them. What they did to the Indians, that was impressive. It seems like they’re playing their best baseball of the season at the right time. They’re a complete team.