The last time Alex Cora guided the Red Sox into the postseason, they were arguably the prohibitive favorite to not only reach the World Series but win the whole thing.
Boston is an underdog this time around, and the club is starting to make its doubters look a bit foolish.
The Red Sox, who needed to win the American League Wild Card Game in order to really play October baseball, are onto the AL Championship Series. Boston earned its opportunity to compete for the pennant by taking down the Tampa Bay Rays — who posted the AL’s best regular-season record — in the AL Division Series.
“To be in this position is a testament to who you guys are. Not only as players, but also as individuals,” Cora said after Boston’s Game 4 ALDS win over Tampa Bay. “Since Day 1, you guys believed in this group. Not too many believed outside of this freaking clubhouse, but here we are. ALCS, on to the next one.”
Cora and Co. will have three days off before they return to game action. The Red Sox either will be in Chicago or Houston on Friday when the ALCS gets underway.