Alex Cora on OMF clarifies things relating to Marcus Stroman's tweet storm

By WEEI 93.7

On Wednesday afternoon, Marcus Stroman appeared to take issue with Red Sox manager Alex Cora as a result of what happened in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

"I was telling (home plate umpire) Alan (Porter), if he's going to get on our guys, get on him," Cora said after the game. "It's the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don't like it. ... It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don't know, that's the way he acts."

Stroman took to Twitter and had a few things to say, including implying Cora is still mad at him for playing for Team USA, not Puerto Rico in the WBC.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria later Wednesday, Cora clarified a few things.

First, he said he wasn't yelling at Stroman during the game, he was actually upset with the umpire.

“It wasn’t even about the quick-pitch," Cora said. "People do that a lot. Nate Eovaldi, he quick pitches and he throws 99, 100. I wasn’t actually complaining about the quick-pitch. I was actually telling the umpire because Stroman goes to [Michael] Chavis and he talks to him and then somebody from the dugout is screaming at Stroman and Alan Porter right away jumps on our guy. I was actually screaming at the umpire, but if people want to feel like I was screaming at Stroman and that’s a story so be it. I don’t have anything against the kid."

Second, he explained what he meant by, "he competes a certain way and people don't like it."

“It’s the Stro-show, you know? He’s on the mound and he has his antics and he gets under people’s skin and all of a sudden he pitches six innings," Cora said. "I was with the Astros and people from the dugout were screaming at him and with the Red Sox people in the dugout are screaming at him. It’s part of it. I said he competes a certain way. Some people like it and some people don’t. But, as you guys know in the media there’s always somebody writing the headline and those are the ones that get you in trouble. Thank you again to the guys that wrote the headlines and now there’s something going on here in Toronto.”

And lastly, he explained how he isn't mad at Stroman for pitching for Team USA and told the story of how everything went down.

"He even tweeted that I am still mad he didn’t pitch for Puerto Rico in the WBC," Cora said. "I had the best time of my life with that team and he wasn’t part of it. Highlight of my career. He pitched six innings and he did an outstanding job for Team USA in the finals and I had a blast with the team that I had.

"Actually, I remember when he decided to pitch for USA he didn’t call me, actually Nolan Arenado called me to tell me that he wasn’t going to play for us. Stroman announced it at David [Ortiz’s] tournament in the Dominican Republic. The next day I called him and said, ‘Marcus, I saw your decision and respect it. I wish you luck.’ He was like, ‘Hey Alex, let’s get together. Let’s do something for Puerto Rico.’ His mom is Puerto Rican. I was like, ‘No hard feelings.’

"If he thinks I am still mad, I am not actually mad. What are we going to do? He had a choice and he pitched for the gold metal team. No big deal.”