BOSTON -- It turns out Red Sox manager Alex Cora yelled at a reporter once. But nothing that rose to the level of Sunday's confrontation between Mets manager Mickey Callaway and a Newsday reporter.
Callaway and Mets reliever Jason Vargas shouted profanity at Newsday's Tim Healey following a loss to the Cubs. Callaway was reportedly incensed over Healey telling him, "See you tomorrow," and Vargas jumped to his manager's defense moments later by threatening to knock Healey the bleep out.
Cora has had no such incidents in Boston, though he does remember one in 2008 as a player.
"We had a 10-game losing streak and someone was laughing at the end of the (clubhouse) in Arizona and I said hey man, can you keep it down, please? Out of respect?" Cora said, adding that he didn't explode like Callaway.
"Not that way," he said.
Because baseball managers answer so many daily questions — they conduct press conferences before and after every game, can also be available for one-on-one interviews during batting practice, and often have daily radio and TV responsibilities as well — the potential exists for a query that rubs the skipper the wrong way.
Cora maintains his composure better than most, but he felt for Callaway, who had just endured a flurry of questions about why he didn't summon closer Edwin Diaz for a five-out save.
"They asked the question nine times," Cora said. "Nine times. It was the same question nine times. He's not going to change the answer. If he's not going to use the reliever for five outs, after the third question, I get it. I know you've got a job to do, but at the same time, it's not that easy, especially right after the game."
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