The New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry is far from dead as Alex Cora proved to reporters when he slapped Luis Severino.
Let’s set the scene, shall we?
Brett Gardner gets plunked by Rick Porcello in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the first, Luis Severino threw a pitch high and inside. Naturally, a warning was thrown and Cora was promptly ejected after getting his money’s worth.
So what did he have to say about Severino in the postgame conference? Well, it was kind of nasty.
Cora asked if tension between teams will carry over to weekend. “I don’t know. Four runs in less than six innings. Is that a quality start?” Walked off with parting shot at Severino.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) August 4, 2018
This is coming from Cora, who is a lifetime .243 batter. Is that a quality career?
Sure, shots must be taken within the rivalry but this instance was just Cora being a jerk. His team has just taken two from the Yankees and the team is already defeated. Once the Bombers start to get hot again, he’s got to be prepared for some retaliation.
Classy? Not in the least. But it is a part of the game. Hopefully, just one snide comment from Cora will give the Yankees that inspiration to pull off two straight wins and at least leave Boston with a little dignity.
The Yankees were one-hit by Porcello, who went nine strong innings for the BoSox. Saturday will hopefully be a different story, with the Yankees testing their new call-up Chance Adams against their former teammate Nathan Eovaldi. Then Sunday night, they’ll face off against their favorite lefty in David Price.
But for right now, the New York Yankees have to take their lumps, lick their wounds and enter tomorrow night a brand-new team. Or else they’ll be hearing from the annoying Alex Cora again.