Red Sox manager Alex Cora does not think there was any funny business going on during the first two games of the American League Championship Series.
On Tuesday, Metro‘s Danny Picard reported Fenway Park security removed a man claiming to be an Astros employee from the photo well near the Red Sox dugout during the third inning of Game 1. The man had a “small camera” and was “texting frequently,” according to Picard.
The Boston Globe‘s Alex Speier confirmed an Astros employee was removed from the well, adding that an MLB investigation into the matter concluded the employee was on a “spy-vs-spy mission” to determine whether the Red Sox were using dugout video monitors to steal Houston’s signs. Speier reported the Astros were not seeking to steal signs of their own.
Cora was asked about the situation after Boston’s 8-2 win in Game 3. The manager noted he had just recently heard the news, but maintained the matter is an issue for the league office.
“They’ll do what they have to do,” he said.
Cora served as the bench coach for the Astros last season before taking over the top job in Boston. When asked if he thought there was anything going on in those first two games at Fenway Park against his old club, Cora responded, “No, I don’t.”
However, that doesn’t mean the Red Sox aren’t taking precautions to ensure their signs stay safe. Cora told reporters he is always concerned about potential sign-stealing throughout the season, adding Boston does a “good job” changing sequences and paying attention to details.
It doesn’t sound like the Sox will be sending a spy into the Minute Maid Park photo well any time soon.
“We don’t get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs,” Cora said. “We try to slow it down. If we feel there’s something going on we switch the signs.