Alex Cora’s comments about Red Sox roster show how Boston’s lost its edge

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Boston Red Sox fans are far from the most optimistic group going into MLB regular season. If Red Sox Nation was wondering about how the team feels about its chances after another rough offseason, Alex Cora all but confirmed their thoughts with a recent comment.

Cora was asked to describe the mood around the clubhouse leading up to the season.

"If they give trophies for vibes, we're up there," Cora said.

It's far from an encouraging perspective when the manager of any team is willing to confess that the club has essentially no shot at winning anything meaningful. And Boston fans definitely don't want to hear it. Where has the edge gone, Cora?! This is the same guy who told the Yankees to "suck on it" after the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series. He's a no-nonsense manager who stands his ground, speaks his mind, and calls his shots with ruthless efficiency.

Alex Cora offers disappointing comment about the Red Sox's attitude for upcoming campaign

But Cora and the Red Sox are doing everything they can with what they've been given — they're going to have to play this season, regardless of whether they're better than last year or not. All the team is doing is making the best of a bad situation.

It's becoming clearer that almost nothing will convince the front office to spend money on outside help to make the team better. Rafael Devers speaking out about ownership not doing the club any favors and Cora's comments about trophies should — and probably would — serve as a wake-up call for many owners. But Fenway Sports Group continues to turn a blind eye to its namesake organization, even as it screams for help in different ways.

It's reached the point where Cora can joke about how rough the season is expected to be. It doesn't feel good or right in the moment, but Cora's honesty is better than providing false hope about Boston's chances in the most stacked division in MLB.

Good vibes are always wanted in a clubhouse. At least the team is having fun together and bonding so they'll be better when the Red Sox's fortunes change.

But a competent pitching staff that includes Jordan Montgomery in addition to good vibes in Boston's clubhouse would make everyone feel better.

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