Alex Cora explained how the Red Sox exploited the Astros’ ‘paranoia’

"Throughout the series we did a lot of stuff as far as like dummy signs and all this stuff to keep the paranoia going."

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Alex Cora during Game 5 of the ALCS. –Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Red Sox weren’t concerned with the Astros’ attempts to spy on them during the American League Championship Series. In fact, they took it as a sign of success.

Boston manager Alex Cora, who is now readying his team for the World Series after defeating Houston in five games, was asked about the subplot during an interview on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria” on Friday.

One of the major off-the-field developments of the ALCS was an investigation by Major League Baseball into accusations of an Astros employee spying on the Red Sox dugout during Game 1. The incident concluded when the league ruled Houston didn’t violate any rules.

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Still, Cora wasn’t angry with the Astros. On the contrary, he indicated his happiness at the apparent effect it had on his opposition.

“I took it the other way around because they openly said that they were playing defense,” Cora said. “They said they were checking on us if we were stealing signs, or doing something wrong in the dugout.”

“I was like, ‘Paranoia is working for us,'” Cora continued. “They are panicking. Throughout the series, we did a lot of stuff as far as like dummy signs and all this stuff to keep the paranoia going.”

As far as sign-stealing, Cora noted he sees nothing wrong with it:

That is part of the game — tipping, stealing signs, relaying pitches and paying attention to details. That is the way I took it. If they feel that way about us, we might as well push the envelope and keep doing a lot of things that are going to make them uncomfortable and you saw it. They kept changing signs and the tempo of the games was awful, but that worked into our advantage I think.

The Red Sox begin the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

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