Astros shortstop player Carlos Correa gestured to his wrist after he flashed a light signal at home in the first game of the ALCS against the Red Sox, stating, “This is my time.”
Boston home baseman Eduardo Rodriguez returned the favor on Monday in Game Three.
After persuading Correa to come out to finish the top of the sixth inning with Boston leading 9-3, Rodriguez pointed to his right wrist as he slid out of the hill. Before he reached the bunker, Director Alex Cora was already telling him that this was not the way to respond.
Red Sox player Eduardo Rodriguez mocked Carlos Correa saying “it’s a celebration of my time” after taking him out for the third time tonight, and Boston coach Alex Cora wasn’t happy about it. pic.twitter.com/POGnfMMm6i
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“Don’t do that,” Cora said to his 28-year-old owner. “Because we don’t act that way. I mean, we just show up. We play and move on. And he knows. I told him. We don’t have to do that. If we’re looking for motivation outside of what we’re trying to achieve, we’re in the wrong business. The only motivation we have is to win four games against them.” We’ll move on to the next round.”
Rodriguez said after the match that he felt bad about the gesture, and Tom Verducci of Fox Sports said it was “part of the match” with the moment and the atmosphere at Fenway Park. He said he wanted to apologize.
“Sometimes you cross your mind and do things like that, but really, I feel bad now that I did,” Rodriguez said.
“Sometimes you think of things and do things like that. But now I feel bad that I did that.”
Eduardo Rodriguez mocks Carlos Correa’s celebration and Alex Cora’s reaction to him ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/fnB0x6eMgv
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There is no need to apologize in Korea’s mind. He said he “loved” seeing Rodriguez make the gesture.
“He had my party. I thought it was kind of cool. It’s just the way baseball should be going to go forward. We talk about making baseball fun, we talk about baseball growth and more people coming to watch the sport. You know you need To things like that. You need to let the players have fun. I liked it personally,” Correa said. “I love every part of him. He put in a great game, threw six games, hit like seven. I mean he was bad. His quick come-off was great so whenever you have a great performance like that against the number. No. 1 offensive team during the season we were the team Offensive No. 1 during the season, you can do whatever you want. And you should enjoy it.”
Carlos Correa (Tweet embed) praised Eduardo Rodriguez for the game he threw and pointed out on the field to Carlos’ celebration, clicking his watch: “He set up my celebration. I thought it was kind of cool. It’s just the way baseball should go.” pic.twitter.com/usfagoefBL
– Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 19, 2021
Regardless of that moment, Rodriguez had plenty to get excited about after the third match. He gave up three runs in five strokes – one on home – to take the win in a 12-3 defeat of the Red Sox. He also became the first left-handed bowler in Red Sox post-season history to hit the seven and not walk anyone in Fenway Park, according to Fox Sports.
The Red Sox now have a 2-1 advantage in the ALCS with two games remaining in Boston before a potential return to Houston for games 6 and 7.
“He was great,” Cora said of Rodriguez. “I mean, fast ball creation, good change, good cut, good rhythm.” “One pitch 0-2 we don’t really care about, you know, because one of the things I told him, I said, ‘Hey, man, we gotta take the hits. Don’t walk people, make them deserve it.'” And he did. And the fact that he went six rounds was really important to us. Three games in a row against a great team and being able to rest the game for tomorrow is huge. And he understood that, doing some pitches, we got some double plays.”
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Cora — who worked with Correa in 2017 as coach for world championship-winning club Houston — came back to say he wasn’t pissed off from the start. Compare the situation to his 4-year-old twin.
“It’s like one of the twins, like, ‘Don’t do that.’ ‘We don’t have to do that,'” Cora said. ‘He knows, he understands, but we’re not. We’re talking about a humble approach and humble players and that’s what we are. We like to play, we like to play, but we don’t.”