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“Red Sox Redemption: The Return of Cora”

When Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom is tasked with finding a new manager, he knows there’s only one man for the job.

Alex Cora by Eric Kilby is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

“Red Sox Redemption: The Return of Cora”


Estimated Reading Time: 6 Minutes

What follows is an excerpt from the upcoming action movie, “Red Sox Redemption: The Return of Cora”.

EXT. FENWAY PARK. DAY.

The Boston Red Sox record the last out of their game vs. The Atlanta Braves and begin to walk off the field.

ANNOUNCER

And with the final out here at Fenway, the Boston Red Sox will win only their 24th game of the season and finish in last place in the AL East.

INT. CONFERENCE ROOM. NIGHT.

Several Red Sox team executives are seated around a table loudly discussing the team’s season. Among them is CHAIM BLOOM, the team’s Chief Baseball Officer and JOHN HENRY, the team’s owner.

EXECUTIVE #1

It’s embarrassing! This team won the World Series two years ago and this year we sent out pitchers who couldn’t make my grandson’s little league team!

EXECUTIVE #2

Look, the fact is this team needs a shake-up. We need someone to come in here and put a spark in this team. We need a leader!

EXECUTIVE #1

Please. This team is a lost cause. There’s no one out there we can bring in to get back to being a team fans are excited about again.

BLOOM sits up in his chair and clears his throat.

BLOOM

Gentlemen, I think there is someone who can help…

The executives all have shocked faces as they realize who BLOOM is talking about.

EXECUTIVE #2

Are you insane?! After the season we just had you want to invite that type of bad press onto the team? The man was suspended!

BLOOM

And his suspension is over! You all sit here and agree we need something major to right this ship. Who would be better than him?

EXECUTIVE #1

How about someone who hasn’t spent the last year out of the game? Do you even know where he is?

BLOOM

I have an idea where to find him. Mr. Henry, when you hired me, I told you I would make decisions that would get this team another World Series trophy. I believe this is one of those decisions.

The executives all look to the front of the table.

HENRY

Get him back.

EXT. SAN JUAN AIRPORT. DAY.

A private plane lands on an open runway. BLOOM emerges from the plane and sees a man waiting for him next to a jeep. The man’s name is GARCIA and he will be helping BLOOM find who he is looking for.

BLOOM

Mr. Garcia?

GARCIA

Yes, Mr. Bloom. Are you ready to see Caguas?

BLOOM

I was hoping we can start here.

BLOOM hands GARCIA a piece of paper. GARCIA looks at it, smirks and then waves BLOOM into the jeep.

INT. DIVE BAR. DAY.

GARCIA and BLOOM enter a dimly lit bar. GARCIA sits at the front of the bar while BLOOM walks to the back. BLOOM smiles and head nods to all the customers and the bartender and receives blank stares in return. He reaches the end of the bar and approaches a man who is facing the pool table. The man is ALEX CORA, former manager of the Boston Red Sox. CORA holds a pool cue as he stares at the back wall. A half-finished beer bottle is on the table next to him. BLOOM starts to speak when, CORA interrupts him.

CORA

Unless you’re here for the warmest beer in Puerto Rico, you’re in the wrong place.

BLOOM looks at the BARTENDER who spits into the glass he’s polishing. BLOOM recoils and turns back to CORA.

BLOOM

You know why I’m here, Alex. Don’t tell me you didn’t watch what happened on the field this season and not think things would have been better if you stayed.

CORA

You see a TV in here? You think Miguel over there pulls out his iPad each night at 7:30 so we can hop on the wi-fi? What’s the password again, Ricky?

The BARTENDER scoffs and puts the glass down. BLOOM walks over back to the middle of the bar.

BLOOM

Do you all know who you have been sharing this bar with the past year? This man was the bench coach for a team that won the World Series in 2017. Then he was the manager for the team who won it all the following season. The problem is that first team, well let’s just say, they went outside the rules a bit when they won that trophy. And when that news came out this man, his former boss and his former boss’ boss were all suspended from baseball. And rather than put his team in an awkward position of deciding to keep him or fire him while he was suspended, he resigned and walked away. Now…

BARTENDER

Hey mister. My customers come here for two things. And neither of which is a history lesson. In here a man’s past is his own business. I’d recommend the next words you speak are to that man there, and him alone.

BLOOM raises his hands in apology and goes back to the pool table.

CORA

It’s too bad you didn’t come here during Christmas time. Ricky hangs stockings, wears the Santa hat. The whole thing.

BLOOM

Look, I know I’m not asking you to take over the same team, but there’s still a lot of talent there. Sure, we don’t have Moo…

CORA throws his bottle against the wall. The customers and BARTENDER all look up.

CORA

Don’t you say his name!

BLOOM

I’m sorry. I know you blame me.

CORA

Blame? I don’t have the energy to worry about blame. All I know is I left a team with a sure-fire Hall of Famer in his prime. Now he’s not there, the team was a laughingstock and if you’re here right now then you have to be down to your last choice.

BLOOM

I thought you didn’t watch the games.

CORA shrugs and walks to the bar. The BARTENDER hands him a new beer.

BLOOM

I am not here to tell you it is going to be easy. We know there are going to be stories written about you and tweets about why would the team welcome back someone who was just suspended. There are going to be boos when we go to other cities. Hell, there might even be some boos when we play at home. But this team needs to find redemption after last season. And so do you.

CORA looks up quickly and gives BLOOM a cold stare.

CORA

Why do you want this so badly? And why do you think I would ever want to do this?

BLOOM

Because you’re the best man for the job. And it would have been irresponsible of me to not at least come down here and try.

CORA

Yeah, well I appreciate the visit, but I got a good thing going here. No one boos me or calls me a cheater. I can keep to myself; my next beer is always ready, and I may even get good enough to go pro at pool. So, thanks again for coming, Chaim, but you’re going back empty-handed.

CORA turns back to the pool table and sets up a shot.

BLOOM

I didn’t come here to force you. You want to stay that’s fine. But a plane to Boston takes off tomorrow at 8am, with or without you. You have until then to make your decision. But as you’re thinking, maybe you should consider how this will affect Raffy?

CORA stops his shot and looks up at the wall.

BLOOM

Yeah that’s what I thought. And just so you know, you weren’t my last choice for this. You were my first.

BLOOM walks out of the bar as GARCIA finishes his beer and follows. CORA stands up at the pool table and looks off into the distance.

EXT. SAN JUAN AIRPORT. DAY.

BLOOM is heading up the steps into the private plane back to Boston. A FLIGHT ATTENDANT greets him.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Good morning, Mr. Bloom. Is there anything I can get you?

BLOOM

Well this trip wasn’t as productive as I hoped, so maybe a Bloody Mary?

FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Very good, sir. I will have both of those ready in a moment!

BLOOM

Both?

BLOOM enters the plane to see CORA sitting in a seat at the back of the plane. A sly smile crosses BLOOM’s face.

CORA

Bringing up Raffy was a dirty move. Let’s get to work.

BLOOM looks at the FLIGHT ATTENDANT

BLOOM

We’re ready to take off.

[CUT TO BLACK]

Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

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