Alex Cora’s Rational, Straightforward Reason For Heated Ejection In Red Sox Loss

Cora wasn't around to see the frustrating finale


May 12, 2022

Wednesday was another frustrating night at the ballpark for Alex Cora and the Red Sox.

Boston couldn’t build off the momentum of its Tuesday night win despite building an early lead against the Braves. Atlanta eventually climbed back into the game and walked it off in the ninth inning.

Cora, however, wasn’t around to see the dramatic ending, nor was catcher Kevin Plawecki. The duo was ejected in the top of the sixth inning after arguing balls and strikes.

Plawecki went down looking at a pitch from Braves pitcher Collin McHugh, an offering Plawecki believed was below the strike zone. Home plate umpire Adam Beck disagreed, punching out Plawecki to end the inning. The catcher then slammed his helmet on the ground and offered a differing opinion before being sent to the showers.

Cora immediately sprung from the dugout to protect the Red Sox catcher, but it was too late, so Cora also got in on the argument leading to his own ejection.

“Right away, we didn’t agree. I tried to get there as soon as possible. I’m a slow player, and I’m a slower manager,” Cora explained to reporters in his postgame press conference, per “(Plawecki), he slammed the helmet and then he let him know and got thrown out.”

It’s Cora’s second ejection in the last week. He was run in the bottom of the third inning Saturday against the White Sox for arguing balls and strikes after Trevor Story was ejected. Cora admitted the team’s scuffling play was a factor Saturday, but Wednesday night was more about having Plawecki’s back.

“At that point, it’s not frustration,” Cora continued. “Frustration was probably three days ago in Boston. That one, yeah. This one was just protecting your player and not agreeing with the call. There’s a lot of pitches — that’s a tough job, we understand that. Sometimes we agree with them, sometimes we don’t, and tonight I didn’t agree with them.”

It certainly appears the Red Sox had an argument Wednesday night. McHugh’s pitch, upon further review, was certainly below the zone.

Alas, that fact didn’t do Plawecki nor Cora any good Wednesday night.

Thumbnail photo via Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports Images
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