You don’t have to be a fly on the wall in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse or front office to know that the vibes are bad.
The Sox are 62-68, dead-last in their division, and nine games out of the American League Wild Card race. Watching them is about as comfortable as having to wear a pair of jeans that didn’t get fully dried in the laundry.
There’s plenty of blame to go around for this disappointing campaign. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has come under fire for not constructing a better roster. Many think manager Alex Cora hasn’t done enough to motivate his players, though it’s hard to imagine any pep talk could surmount the number of injuries this team sustained.
So, in addition to blame, there’s also immense frustration with how the season played out. And on Tuesday night, after the Sox dropped the second game, and thereby, the series, to the Minnesota Twins, Cora shared an interesting video on his Instagram Story, hinting that he’s not thrilled with the current situation.
Alex Cora hints at frustration as Red Sox collapse
While it’s entirely possible that the clip only showed up on Cora’s feed this week (Instagram’s algorithm is famously in flux), the account made the post almost a month ago. It’s not new footage, either. Ray Lewis made this speech to his son Rayshad’s Bishop Moore High School football team back in October 2015.
Bishop Moore ended up winning the state championship that December, their first title since 1970. Motivation from a Pro Football Hall of Famer (albeit one with a checkered past) likely helped.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit too late to get the Sox in gear. Barring a miracle, their season will end before the playoffs, and it looks like they’ve accepted that. It’s fair to assume that Cora isn’t having a good time. Fans are allowed to be miserable, so why not him?
Pretending everything’s going great would be way worse.