Alex Cora clears up controversy with Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com
Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman got into a bit of a kerfuffle with the Red Sox during Tuesday night's game, and it continued Wednesday on Stroman's Twitter account.
Some Red Sox players, including Chris Sale and Michael Chavis, took exception to Stroman's antics on the mound which included a quick-pitch during Chavis' at-bat. Alex Cora said after Tuesday's game that Stroman "competes a certain way and people don't like it." Stroman didn't take too kindly to that comment, saying Cora "is probably still made he chose USA Baseball over Puerto Rico" in the World Baseball Classic.
Wednesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria," Cora gave his side of the story.
"I wasn't actually complaining about the quick-pitch," Cora said. "I was actually telling the umpire because Stroman goes to [Michael] Chavis and he talks to him and then somebody from the dugout is screaming at Stroman and Alan Porter right away jumps on our guy. I was actually screaming at the umpire, but if people want to feel like I was screaming at Stroman and that's a story so be it. I don't have anything against the kid."
The Red Sox manager went on to clarify what he meant regarding Stroman's competitive style.
"It's the Stro-show, you know? He's on the mound and he has his antics and he gets under people's skin and all of a sudden he pitches six innings," Cora said. "I was with the Astros and people from the dugout were screaming at him and with the Red Sox people in the dugout are screaming at him. It's part of it. I said he competes a certain way. Some people like it and some people don't. But, as you guys know in the media there's always somebody writing the headline and those are the ones that get you in trouble. Thank you again to the guys that wrote the headlines and now there's something going on here in Toronto."
As for Stroman's tweet about Cora being salty about his World Baseball Classic team choice, Cora shrugged it off and raved about his experience with the Puerto Rico team he had the privilege of managing.
"He even tweeted that I am still mad he didn't pitch for Puerto Rico in the WBC," Cora said. "I had the best time of my life with that team and he wasn't part of it. Highlight of my career. He pitched six innings and he did an outstanding job for Team USA in the finals and I had a blast with the team that I had."
Although Cora does a nice job of cooling things off in this bizarre feud, it'll be worth keeping an eye on Stroman's active Twitter account to see if he has anything more to say about the situation.
The Red Sox will look to respond on the field with victories in the final two games of their four-game set vs. Toronto.
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