As he accepted the Manager of the Year award from the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America Thursday, Alex Cora could have delivered a middle-of-the-fairway acceptance speech. He could have thanked the Red Sox organization for the opportunity, made reference to a remarkable, historic championship season, graciously acknowledged the inevitable applause, and called it a day.
But that is not what Cora does or who Cora is. The 43-year-old manager is a tone-setter, someone who isn’t shy about defining a bold vision of possibility — a bit cocky, a bit audacious, totally authentic. The words that Cora offered in accepting an award earned from a season in which his team won 119 games — more than all but one championship team in big league history — came across as genuine, not forced.
“Somebody might write this, I don’t care,’’ Cora said. “If you guys thought last year was special, wait till this year.’’