Red Sox manager Alex Cora is a bearded man no more.
After sporting a salt-and-pepper beard to begin the season, Cora elected to shave his facial hair ahead of the Sox’ series opener against the Braves on Tuesday.
“Yesterday, I got up, took the family to the airport and then decided to shave,” a cleanshaven Cora told reporters (including MassLive.com’s Christopher Smith) from Truist Park in Atlanta.
Coming into play on Tuesday, the Red Sox find themselves sitting in last place in the American League East with a record of 10-19. The Boston offense has averaged less than 3.3 runs per game to begin the season.
Taking both of those factors into consideration, Cora decided it was about time to shave in hopes of turning a new page.
“I’ll tell you what,” Cora said. “If we win 10 in a row, it’s on me because I should have recognized that before.”
Of course, Cora also understands that the Sox improving on the offensive side of things involves more than him just losing his facial hair.
“Like I was telling someone today,” recalled Cora, “if our hitting depends on my beard, we’re in big, big trouble.”
From the time the Red Sox arrived at Truist Park earlier Tuesday afternoon, some players who walked past Cora’s office in the visitor’s clubhouse noticed the change while others did not.
““I was telling the guys, you know how we get in the habit of saying hi just to say hi to people?” Cora said. “And there was a lot of people that will walk by my office — I’ve got two doors, — they’ll walk by, ‘What’s up AC?’ And some of them just kept going so they didn’t pay attention. And others will be like, ‘What’s up AC?’ and then in a second it was like, ‘Oh, gosh.’ So whatever. It is what it is.”
(Picture of Alex Cora: Winslow Townson/Getty Images)