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Topic - Alex Cora
Before his first home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, manager Davey Johnson spent some time reflecting on his fond memories of the Washington, D.C. area.
For eight innings Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals followed a familiar script. They squandered too many opportunities with runners on base and in scoring position. They produced neither timely hits nor heady base running and looked poised to waste another solid pitching performance.
Nationals utility man Alex Cora had never been released from a ballclub in 11 years as a major leaguer. Then it happened twice last year, by the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. He spent September watching games, waiting for a call and wondering if he was done.
There was a time when Jesus Flores was undergoing lengthy rehab after shoulder surgery that the Nationals catcher thought he'd never again make it back to the major leagues.
"It's a cage," Cora said.
"By that time, Joey's going to be a manager," he said. "I'll be his first-base coach. Then he'll get fired and I'll take over."