Alex Cora couldn’t care less about posting best season in Red Sox history
The Boston Red Sox are well-positioned to post the best regular season in the storied franchise’s history. And Alex Cora insists he could not care less about it.
“It doesn’t mean anything to me, to be honest with you,”Cora said Wednesday via MassLive.com. “If it happens, it happens. We’re not gonna push for anything. We’re gonna push to win series. If we do that, everything else will take care of itself.”
Heading into Wednesday’s matinee with the Atlanta Braves, the Red Sox sit at 96 wins with 22 games remaining. A 9-13 record is all it would take for the Red Sox to match the franchise win record of 105, set all the way back in 1912. A 10-12 record obviously would give the 2018 Red Sox sole possession of the franchise wins record.
Cora, however, has long had far loftier accomplishments in mind in his first year as the Red Sox skipper.
“When I signed here in November, I had my own goals,” Cora said. “I didn’t even think about 105. I think the most important thing here is to do what we’re supposed to do in September. Make it to October and then it’s 11 games in October. That’s the main goal.”
With a magic number of five, the Red Sox are assured a spot in the postseason, while the magic number sits at 13 to clinch the AL East, where Boston leads the New York by a comfortable 8.5-game cushion.
Cora did mention that should the Red Sox break the single-season franchise wins record, it’s not that it would be a bad thing. However, all that matters at this point is winning the division and getting into October.
“If it happens, I know it’s great,” Cora said. “If we keep playing good baseball and win series, then it’s gonna happen. But it’s nothing that we’re shooting for.”