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Alex Cora on WEEI addresses incident on Astros team bus: 'I was very embarrassed with what happened'

Greg Levinsky
December 08, 2017 - 9:16 am

Who can forget the David Price-Dennis Eckersley saga from this past summer?

Well, there's a new sheriff in town and there's a recent report from NBC Sports Boston of a similar incident happening last season between Alex Cora and Astros broadcaster Geoff Blum and manager A.J. Hinch. 

Cora joined Rob Bradford on Mut at Night to discuss the incident. For full audio of the interview, visit Mut at Night's audio on demand page

"It was a bad day for the Houston Astros and for me personally," Cora said. "Not the right way to approach a situation. There's something I've learned from it and the people that were involved with it have moved on from it and become stronger."

Cora touched on his relationship with Hinch during his introductory press conference as Red Sox manager and echoed what he said then.

"They asked me about A.J, and I said we had good days, bad days and horrible days. That was a horrible day for us," Cora said. 

Cora said arguments like this can occur in the clubhouse throughout the season, but emphasized that he stepped out of line and made his point in the wrong place. 

"The one thing I really learned from it is that wasn't the right way," Cora said. 

Cora described Hinch as his "biggest supporter" throughout the situation and said his relationship with Blum is "professional." 

He said he interviewed with three teams and the situation never came up in any of Cora's interviews for a managerial position. 

"I was very embarrased with what happened that day and I'm glad we were able to turn the page," Cora said.

Alex Cora addresses the report on his outburst with Geoff Blum and A.J. Hinch 12-07-17

Rob Bradford speaks with Red Sox manager Alex Cora about his reported outburst on the Astros team bus with a broadcaster and team manager A.J. Hinch. Cora says the incident was embarrassing, he also is asked whether he felt it put his job or future coaching opportunities in jeopardy. He also talks about how he envisions the top of the Red Sox lineup in 2018, and Dustin Pedroia's recovery from knee surgery.

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