Programming note, especially for those among us who want one more look back at the 2018 Red Sox’ World Series championship run:
The MLB Network will premiere a documentary on Red Sox manager Alex Cora on Tuesday at 9 p.m., and it’s terrific and insightful, even if you’re already familiar with his story.
Titled “Alex Cora: The Making of a Champion,’’ it is part of the MLB Network Presents series. It includes an extensive interview conducted by Tom Verducci with Cora at Fenway Park.
The documentary covers such topics as Cora’s childhood in Caguas, Puerto Rico, his generosity and devotion to his native country, how serving as a coach in the Astros organization affected his managing philosophy, and the significance of being the first Puerto Rican-born manager to win the World Series.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been around someone with a better baseball mind than Alex Cora,’’ said Astros manager A.J. Hinch in describing his former bench coach.
The documentary begins outside Cora’s childhood home in Caguas. Cora’s mother, Iris Amaro, and brother (and former major leaguer) Joey Cora describe his experience learning to play baseball and the profound influence that his late father, José Manuel, who passed away when Cora was 13 years old, continues to have on him.
Some of the most compelling information comes from the Red Sox’ season-long run to the World Series title.
Cora discuses at length such decisions as hitting Mookie Betts leadoff for the entire season and pinch-hitting Eduardo Núñez in the seventh inning of World Series Game 1.
Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi also reflect on Cora’s postgame speech following Eovaldi’s instantly legendary six-inning relief appearance in World Series Game 3.