With the Boston Red Sox caught up in baseball’s sign-stealing scandal, club legend David Ortiz admitted that a line had been crossed, resulting in the firing of manager Alex Cora for his involvement with the Houston Astros
Speaking to USA TODAY’s Mackenzie Salmon at the Super Bowl in Florida this week, Ortiz weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Red Sox, currently being investigated by Major League Baseball.
“Players are always trying to figure out things from the opposition, whatever they can get to help to win, they will go for it,” Ortiz said. “Sometimes people cross the line, like what just happened.”
With just a few weeks until players report for spring training, the Red Sox are still looking for a new manager.
“When you are focused on the winning, winning, winning, sometimes you cross the line doing things that people disagree with,” Ortiz said, “and you personally, at some point, are like ‘what was I doing?'”
Ortiz, who was teammates with Cora for three seasons, considers Boston’s former manager “family” and hopes that he’ll be able to get back in the game after serving a one-year suspension.
“Look, Alex and me are family. We are brothers. We played together, We talk every day,” Ortiz said. “I called Alex after him and the Red Sox broke up and i just wanted to make sure he was fine.”