As Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez left the mound, he pointed his wrist, a reference to Correa’s celebration in Game 1 after the shortstop hit a home run against reliever Hansel Robles. The celebration elicited an immediate reaction from Boston manager Alex Cora, who shouted, “Hey, no!
Upon Rodriguez’s return to the dugout, Cora hugged the pitcher and pulled him out for a conversation.
“Don’t do that,” Cora told Rodriguez.
Cora said he doesn’t want Rodriguez showing up to Correa for his takedown, and the pitcher needs to maintain his humility while finding success.
“We just show up, we play and we move forward, and he knows that,” Cora said. “I’m letting him know. We don’t have to do that. If we’re looking for motivation outside of what we’re trying to accomplish, we’re in the wrong business. The only motivation we have is to win four games against them and move on to the next round. “
Correa made it clear after Game 1 that the celebration was directed towards his teammates.
“When the playoffs start they always tell me it’s time for you to go out there, hit home runs, this and that,” Correa said. “They told me to hit the way and when I hit the home run – I did it in Chicago the first time on my own, and today they told me if you hit a home run, hit them with the “It’s your time”. It happened naturally there. “
Rodriguez said he felt bad about his own celebration after his conversation with Cora.
“It was part of the moment,” Rodriguez said. “… I will apologize to Correa if I see him in person because it’s not something I normally do.” It was just part of the game. ”
This apology might not be accepted by Correa, who encouraged Rodriguez’s desire to celebrate the moment after the game.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” Correa said. “It’s just the way baseball should go in the future. We’re talking about the growth of baseball and more people coming to watch the sport, you must have more stuff like that. You have to let people have fun and the game should go in that direction, where you can show emotions and be yourself and keep it real. ”