The Red Sox announced Friday afternoon that Cora is flying the 2018 trophy to his hometown of Caguas for a celebration on Saturday. And according to the team, Red Sox pitcher David Price, utility man Brock Holt, catcher Sandy Leon, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, and catcher Christian Vazquez, a Puerto Rico native, are all tagging along on the trip.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, team president Sam Kennedy, assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett, first base coach Tom Goodwin, advance scouting and statistical analysis coach Ramon Vazquez (who is also a Puerto Rico native), and a number of front office members will also be on the flight out of Logan airport Saturday morning.
Upon their arrival in San Juan, Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres is set to escort the group to his city, which is located about 16 miles south of the Puerto Rican capital.
The party is making the trip on JetBlue’s Red Sox-themed plane. JetBlue, which is sponsoring the trip, says it will donate $1 to a charity of Cora’s choice for every passenger on their Red Sox plane in November. The airline also provided their Red Sox-themed plane for the Puerto Rico relief effort the team led in January after the U.S. territory was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Cora made the request to Red Sox management to return to Puerto Rico on a more celebratory note following the team’s World Series-clinching win Sunday night. He’s expecting it to be a good time, even if most of the team won’t be able to join.
“I know how people back home, when they do it, they do it right and long,” Cora told reporters Thursday.
“It should be fun,’’ he said. “They’re expecting a lot of people. They’ll treat these guys with a lot of food and beverages.’’