In town for the 81st annual Boston Baseball Writers Association Dinner Thursday night, Red Sox infielders MichaelChavis and Xander Bogaerts were still reeling over the decision by the Red Sox and AlexCora to part ways earlier this week.
"Obviously, it's very unfortunate,'' said Bogaerts. "He's someone that we all enjoyed playing for. He'll be someone we all will miss a lot and obviously, me especially who grew to have such a great relationship with him.''
"You hate seeing someone lose their job,'' said Chavis, who made his major league debut under Cora last April, "and Alex has been so kind and genuine to me, so I can't say enough and thank him enough for that. He was very good to me. (It was) my first time in the big leagues, I'm trying to learn as much as I can, I'm nervous and he did a very good job of making me comfortable. In my opinion, he went out of his way to make sure I was comfortable because having played and in been in that position before, he knew how much pressure there was.
"I'm very thankful for that. I would have loved to play for Alex again, but it's out of my control. All I can do is focus on what I can control and that's make sure I'm ready to play."
Bogaerts had an even closer relationship with the former manager. Cora made