Caguas, Puerto Rico, gave a hero’s welcome to Alex Cora, his family, his teammates, and the World Series Trophy.
Cora, the first Puerto Rican team manager to win the World Series, asked the Boston Red Sox management to send him and his team home to Puerto Rico with the trophy, and they complied. Earlier this year, he asked for a plane full of disaster recovery supplies, and the Sox agreed to that, too.
Cora’s asks are for his friends and family and his Island, not for himself. In his speech in Caguas, he gave credit for the World Series win to his team. He spoke admiringly of fans in Puerto Rico who stayed up late or got up early to watch the games.
Governor Ricardo Rossello greeted Cora at the airport. The manager, teammates, and staff headed to Cora’s hometown of Caguas, where Cora thanked everyone, held up the trophy for all to see, and celebrated with music, dance, and barbeque.
His daughter, Camila, was with him for the celebration.
Cora will receive a Pride of Boston Award later this month The award is given to honor “outstanding accomplishments of organizations and individuals who embrace diversity and immigrant heritage as part of their work or charitable activities.”