In case you didn’t know, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series beating the L.A. Dodgers in game five. Or perhaps you just don’t care, which is understandable. If I didn’t live in Boston, I wouldn’t care either.
But this is more than a story about baseball.
The Red Sox of years gone by had a reputation of being the spoiled brats of the American League. Even rookies with great attitudes succumbed to their egos, the “I” always coming before the team. There have always been great players who were also great people, like David Ortiz, but the overall team didn’t have the cohesiveness of this one.
It’s 2018 and this team is different. They could make anyone love baseball.
They play it like a perfectly tuned instrument, weaving technique and artistry into every play. They adapt their game should the melody unexpectedly changes or somehow lose its pitch, no pun intended. There’s no finger pointing, just “how do we get this done?” This team embodies the concept of a cohesive unit working together in every way. They are talented, charismatic, and driven by the desire to help one another be their best. They also have impeccable leadership.
José Alexander Cora, the Red Sox manager, is only the fifth rookie manager, seventh Red Sox manager, and the second Latino to win a World Series. One of the first things he said to the team in the locker room after the Series, “We were family from day one.”
And there you have it, family = community. This family had a great father figure who cared for each and every one of them. The players in turn cared for one another. The 2018 Boston Red Sox are a dream team not just in terms of talent, but because they carry this sense of family and oneness out to their community. They walk the talk.
In their own microcosm of perfection, they are the quintessential example of what it could be like if we all worked together to make this world a better place. Dare to dream, but dreams come true and they have to start somewhere.
Alex Cora was born in Puerto Rico. Remember that place? They were devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and still have not recovered, largely due to the disinterest of the United States, or should I say the President of the United States. Cora never alludes to this fact or expresses any negativity. His only comment:
“This title is for Boston and Puerto Rico.”
If President Trump could lead by example and instill the concept of community and the greater good into the mindset of Washington politicians and their constituents the way Alex Cora has this team, we would be living not only in a different country, but in a different world. The United States would be known for not only its strength, but its compassion, and generosity.
Instead we are reviled as our leader bombards the world with hateful rhetoric that incites violence, most recently in Pittsburgh where 11 people were murdered for their religious beliefs.
His policies have cut our country off from the rest of the world, alienated our allies, and caused animosity and division among fellow citizens. Divisiveness.
So I say:
“Alex Cora for President in 2020.”
We could have some great rallies at Fenway Park and then maybe a little baseball. What better way to start a presidency than with the number one American pass time?
He can run. Puerto Rico is a territory after all. In my book that counts as a state.
What do you think?