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Alex Cora calls Trump's comments on Puerto Rico 'disrespectful,' says 'this is more than politics'

Alex Cora calls Trump's comments on Puerto Rico 'disrespectful,' says 'this is more than politics'

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native, addressed the state of Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria after President Donald Trump earlier Thursday commented on the island's recovery.

Question: The president had some Tweets today about Puerto Rico. Did you see them, and as we approach the anniversary — ?

“I did. The timing, I thought he was going to mention something in a few days, Sept. 16 [the day the National Weather Service officially named it Maria]. Now that he got ahead of himself. You know, 3,000, six, 18. I don’t know. We will never know how many, how many we lost. I hate that people that make it a political issue. This is about human beings. The people that went through this, they know what happened. You know, we have, our population, 19 percent of our population are elderly. It’s old people, just put it that way. And the effect of Sept. 16, the rain, and the winds and whatever happens, maybe 18 people died. But the aftereffects, people don’t talk about that. And when you don’t have food, you don’t have water, no communication, no medicine, then this happened. 

"And one thing for sure, we — the government helped. We do feel that they helped us. I don’t know if it was efficient, it was enough, I don’t know. The one thing for sure, the Red Sox helped. The Cubs, the Pirates, the Houston Astros. There’s a lot of people in the states that they’re still helping us. To be tweeting about 3,000 people and be efficient, it’s actually disrespectful for my country. We see it that way. I know probably he doesn’t feel that way. And like I said, hey man, thank you for helping us. He went down there, he did what he did. I hate talking about politics and all that, but I think this is more than politics. 

"This is about a country that really suffered, we still, you see the hurricanes forming now. Everybody’s panicking. It’s not easy. One thing’s for sure, and I told you guys before, one thing I’m proud, we’re standing up on our own two feet. Like, do we need help? Yeah, we do. We know that. But we’ve been battling through it. We’re not where we were. But we will be there. And it’s just a matter of time. But you know it’s a little bit kind of like frustrating that the topic keeps coming and coming and coming. What’s the point, honestly? And I respect him. He’s the president of the United States. But I don’t agree with a lot of stuff that he says about us."

Alex, did you personally know people that suffered there, from a personal point of view?

"Yeah, yeah yeah. I mean, like last year, when Mr. Crane [Astros owner Jim Crane] got that plane, he got us a plane. It was 150 passengers. And like I said, that day was, when I was in the baggage claim, at the airport, and Mr. Crane was right there, I’ve never seen so many people being so grateful of somebody. I mean, there were people that they were sick. Young kids. You know, my kids were there, they were, what, three months old. You know to be able for them to come over, that was like unreal. That’s what it was all about. And Mr. Crane hasn’t even talked about it. We know a lot of people that right now, they’re still suffering. They don’t have a roof. They have a tarp. And there’s people in the country like in the mountains, they have no water. They just found out, there was a military base in a town in the East Coast that they found, I don’t know how many bottles of water. Just in the runway. And it’s been there for six months. And FEMA kind of like fumbled that one, from what I heard. There’s a story after story after story. 

"And you know, it’s been a struggle, but like I said man, hey, we’re better in the last year, obviously. We’re better than yesterday. We keep getting better. And it’s just a matter of time for us to be that enchanted island, like back in the day."

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Conor McGregor surprises Boston firefighters with World Series tickets

Conor McGregor surprises Boston firefighters with World Series tickets

Ten Boston firefighters will get to watch the Red Sox in the World Series at Fenway Park thanks to Conor McGregor.

The UFC superstar visited the Back Bay Fire Station to greet Boston firefighters, and he arrived with gifts in hand. According to TMZ Sports, McGregor surprised them with tickets to Game 1 of the World Series.

 

McGregor reportedly wanted to show his appreciation for firefighters. It's safe to say he accomplished that mission with this classy gesture. He also hooked the firefighters up with his new Proper No. Twelve whiskey and toasted to the Red Sox taking home another championship.

 

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Alex Cora says Red Sox took advantage of Astros' paranoia

Alex Cora says Red Sox took advantage of Astros' paranoia

The Red Sox played mind games with the Astros throughout the ALCS, and it paid off.

On WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" Friday afternoon, Alex Cora talked about the Astros attempting to spy on the Red Sox during Game 1, as well as Astros owner Jeff Luhnow claiming Houston was "playing defense" and trying to catch Boston doing something illegal:

“I took it the other way around because they openly said that they were playing defense," Cora said. "They said they were checking on us if we were stealing signs, or doing something wrong in the dugout. … I took it the other way around. I was like, ‘Paranoia is working for us.' Like they are panicking. Throughout the series we did a lot of stuff as far as like dummy signs and all this stuff to keep the paranoia going.

"That is part of the game — tipping, stealing signs, relaying pitches and paying attention to details. That is the way I took it. If they feel that way about us, we might as well push the envelope and keep doing a lot of things that are going to make them uncomfortable and you saw it. They kept changing signs and the tempo of the games was awful, but that worked into our advantage, I think.”

Alex Cora's strategy apparently worked to perfection. After dropping Game 1, Boston won four straight games to advance to the World Series.

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