Fort Myers, Florida
Different players have different values to a team. The value of Alex Cora has been an immense. You'll never see his name among the league leaders in the stat categories. But, Red Sox fans know you need a guy like him to get through a 162 game season.
Cora begins his 4th season with the Red Sox. He's one of those guys who might go unnoticed in most cities, but not in Boston. Not is a city as baseball crazy as Boston.Cora thrives in that intensity.
" I love it. I think if you're going to do what I do it is the perfect place to do it. I would love to play every day in Boston because I know they can appreciate more of my game but the days I play out there they give you a standing ovation for a ground ball to second with a man on second. So, they understand the game and expect that out of you and it's a great place for me. "
Cora played 83 games last year including 33 starts at 2nd base and another 22 starts at shortstop. Over the course of the season he knows he's going to get his opportunities and has to be ready..Preparation is the key.
" I think everything starts in the off season . You can't look at yourself as a utility guy. You got to look at yourself as a starter and prepare every day as a starter because you never know. In the first inning somebody might pull a hammy or something and you got to go out there and perform and so you got to be ready you know and try to visualize a lot of situations and it's been working the last few years. "
Cora's approach is professional.. he knows his role.. what is expected of him.
"I can't lie to you. Everybody wants to play every day. You got to accept your role and be part of the team. I think it was a good year. "
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