BOSTON — The positive signal for Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora that issues are getting severe within the baseball playoffs: He bought a textual content from Patriots coach Invoice Belichick wishing him luck.
“That is just like the spotlight of the 12 months,” Cora gushed earlier than Sport 3 of the American League Division Sequence in opposition to Tampa Bay on Sunday. “I bought the textual content from this random space code. That is cool, to be sincere with you, for any individual of his standing to want us luck.”
Cora mentioned Belichick reached out earlier than Tuesday’s wild-card victory over the New York Yankees and texted once more after. Though the 2 have met a number of instances, together with when the 2018 World Sequence champions have been honored earlier than a Patriots recreation, “That is extra private,” Cora mentioned.
The genial Crimson Sox supervisor mentioned he noticed a unique facet of Belichick than the one the dour coach reveals by the media. Cora, who has one World Sequence ring as a Crimson Sox participant and one other because the supervisor, questioned aloud to reporters whether or not he would possibly go all Belichickian if he wins a number of extra.
“I will not promise you,” Cora mentioned, “however I do not assume I’ll change.”
Boston and Tampa Bay have been tied 1-1 heading into Sport 3 of the best-of-five ALDS, one other matchup between the town that dubbed itself Titletown whereas profitable 12 NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA championships since 2001 and the one that’s attempting to swipe the nickname. The Rays are the defending AL champs, the Lightning have received back-to-back Stanley Cups, and the Buccaneers received final season’s Tremendous Bowl.
So has Rays supervisor Kevin Money heard from Tom Brady, who led Tampa Bay to the championship after profitable six rings in New England?
“No,” Money mentioned. “But when I do, I will ask if I can go on his boat.”