After recording the sixth inning's final out, Eduardo Rodriguez taunts Carlos Correa. Alex Cora then pulls him aside to stop further taunting. (0:36).
BOSTON -- There was a clash of old and new school baseball etiquette during Monday's Boston Red Sox's 12-3 win over the Houston Astros in ALCS Game 3. Carlos Correa grounded out at Christian Arroyo, second baseman, to end the sixth.
Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox pitcher, was seen pointing to his wrist as he walked away from the mound. This was a reference to Correa’s celebration in Game 1, when the shortstop scored a run off reliever Hansel Robertles. Alex Cora, Boston's manager, immediately reacted to the celebration by shouting, "Hey! No!"
Rodriguez returned to the dugout and Cora hugged him and pulled him into a conversation.
Rodriguez was told by Cora, "Don't do it."
Cora stated that he didn't want Rodriguez to confront Correa about getting out and that the pitcher had to keep his humility while finding success.
Cora stated, "We just show up and play and then we move on." I let him know. That's not what we have to do. We're not in the right business if we look for motivation other than what we are trying to achieve. We have no other motivation than to win four games against them, and then move on to round 2.
Correa clarified that the celebration was intended for his teammates after Game 1.
Correa stated, "When the playoffs begin, they always tell us it's our time now to go out and hit homers, etc." They told me to hit the road and I did that in Chicago. Today, they said if I hit a homer, it was your turn. It was just a natural thing that happened there.
Rodriguez admitted that he felt guilty about his own celebrations after speaking with Cora.
Rodriguez stated, "That was part and parcel of the moment." "... Correa will be sorry if I visit him in person. That's not something that I do often. It was part of the game.
Correa may not accept Rodriguez's apology, as he encouraged Rodriguez to celebrate the moment following the game.
Correa stated, "I thought it was kinda cool." It's the future of baseball. You need more of these things if you want to see baseball grow and attract more people to the sport. People need to have fun. The game should be a place where people can express emotions, be themselves and keep it real.