Mookie Betts’ Home Run Was Awesome, But It Had Nothing On Alex Cora


Jul 13, 2018

Before Mookie Betts, there was Alex Cora.

Betts thrilled the Fenway Park crowd Thursday night with a remarkable grand slam on the 13th pitch of an at-bat vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s potentially a signature moment for these Red Sox, who have been a juggernaut under Cora this season.

But the Red Sox manager is also familiar with long at-bats ending in home runs, too. Back in his playing days, Cora did something similar.

On May 12, 2004, as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was Cora who outlasted Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Clement in an 18-pitch at-bat before hitting a home run.

It wasn’t a go-ahead grand slam, but it was still pretty darn impressive.

“As everybody knows here, I know about long at-bats,” Cora joked Thursday night in his postgame press conference. “I mean, 13 pitches, that’s nothing. If it’s an 18-pitch at-bat, that’s a long at-bat.”

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images
Boston Red Sox Right Fielder Mookie Betts
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