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

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Alex Cora, Mookie Betts

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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.”

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