Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman became friends when Cora was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017. So close, in fact, that Cora laughed off Bregman singling out the Red Sox as his prime targets this season.
On the “Going Deep with Chad and JT” podcast, Bregman lauded Boston’s performance in the American League Championship Series, when they brushed Houston aside in five games.
“Yeah, we battled,” Bregman said. “A few of the guys on our team were banged up. That’s not an excuse at all. They played really well and they played really good baseball. They’re well coached. They have a ton of good players.”
That doesn’t mean the 24-year-old wants to watch the Red Sox celebrate again this time around.
“But after watching the Patriots win, the Red Sox beating us last year, there’s no other city that I would like to beat more this year than Boston,” he added.
Bregman, who drew the ire of Boston fans for trolling Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi during the ALCS, noted that he recently read a series of mean tweets directed his way — and they were all from Sox fans.
“Brutal,” he said.
Asked about Bregman’s comments at spring training Wednesday, Cora smiled.
“He said that?” Cora asked, per MassLive. “That’s my guy right there.”
Cora offered that last season’s All-Star Game MVP was “probably trying to get me to react.”
“That’s my guy so I’m not going to react to that one.”